Title: "Churches of west Cornwall; with notes of antiquities of the district, etc" Author: BLIGHT, John Thomas. Shelfmark: "British Library HMNTS 10368.f.15." Page: 119 Place of Publishing: Oxford Date of Publishing: 1865 Publisher: J. H. & J. Parker Issuance: monographic Identifier: 000376648
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Image by Mike Cattell
Don’t miss the chance to have a quick look at the parish church of St. Nicholas which dates back to the late 14th century. Surprisingly the church is split in two, serving as the Anglican parish church and the Fitzalan Chapel, the private chapel of the Dukes of Norfolk. The Chapel can only be reached via the castle. Once divided by a brick wall, the two sections are now only divided by a screen which is occasionally opened.
The nave (facing west) with late-15C brick clerestory and hammerbeam roof, All Saints Church, Hopton, Suffolk, England
Image by Hunky Punk
"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