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The nave (facing west) with late-15C brick clerestory and hammerbeam roof, All Saints Church, Hopton, Suffolk, England

The nave (facing west) with late-15C brick clerestory and hammerbeam roof, All Saints Church, Hopton, Suffolk, England
Chairs for church
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"The church has a well-proportioned interior. The nave is covered by a magnificent hammer beam and arch braced low pitched roof. The wooden carved figures with their ermine collars are holding symbols of the church’s worship and sacraments. These figures were re-painted by the daughters of Reverend Henry Downton in 1879, using boson’s chairs to reach such heights. Perhaps the carved figures represent local ‘townsmen’ who paid handsomely for such a fine clerestory using expensive Tudor brick. They fared better than the angels sitting on the wall post[s] which were mutilated and made headless in the Cromwellian period." –from the church guide booklet

The nave and chancel facing east, the Church of St Mary, Badley, Suffolk, England

The nave and chancel facing east, the Church of St Mary, Badley, Suffolk, England
Church furniture
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The furniture varies in age, but most of the pews benches and ends are of unstained weathered oak. The poppyhead bench ends are 15th C. "The roof is supported by king-posts which rest upon tiebeams. These may date back to the 14th century, as do several roofs in this part of Suffolk. The floor is paved with quarry tiles and numerous burial slabs." –The church guide (Roy Tricker, 1996)