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Toft Monks, Saint Margaret Church, NR34-0EX

Toft Monks, Saint Margaret Church, NR34-0EX


Toft Monks Saint Margaret Church, Messent said Octagonal west tower, 3 bells, nave chancel and south porch, The tower is a fine example of the Early English period, with beautiful lancet windows and recesses in church are somewhat later with some Perpendicular. There are memorials to the Bayspoole and Lodington families and brasses to the Kedgell and Howlett families. Among the Communion plate is a silver chalice dated 1567. The church was mainly built between 1180-1220 and remained in the hands of the monks of Preaux until the suppression of Alien House in 1414 by Henry V, The estate was finally passed with its land and old priory to King's College Cambridge in 1467 in whose stewardship it still remains. The church is unusual that inside it has both Arms to Charles II (1661) and George II (1745) The font is 15th century, it has lions on its pedestal and the four evangelists on the bowl. It has a 17th century wooden cover. Toft Monks Saint Margaret Church, west tower, south porch, nave, and chancel. the 13th century octagonal tower is interesting, as having two set-offs, and a belfry stage triple arcaded on each face, the centre being pierced as a window. I think there were circular sound holes but these have been blocked. 15th century parapet. Another curious feature is two little Norman windows in the west wall flanking the tower. Simple arch-braced roof with flowers at intersections of main members and an arch-braced ridge. There is a cambered and moulded beam across the nave at west end which originally supported the font cover. Modern benches, Consecration Cross at west end and crudely cut early 15th century font, more of less traditional, but it has little crocketted buttresses at corner of bowl. Two good sets of Arms, Charles II 1661 and George II 1745.

Toft Monks Saint Margaret Church, Postcode: NR34-0EX
Toft Monks, Saint Margaret Church, NR34-0EX
Toft Monks, Saint Margaret Church, NR34-0EX
Toft Monks, Saint Margaret Church, NR34-0EX
Toft Monks, Saint Margaret Church, NR34-0EX
Toft Monks, Saint Margaret Church, NR34-0EX
Toft Monks, Saint Margaret Church, NR34-0EX
Toft Monks, Saint Margaret Church, NR34-0EX
Toft Monks, Saint Margaret Church, NR34-0EX
Toft Monks, Saint Margaret Church, NR34-0EX
Toft Monks, Saint Margaret Church, NR34-0EX