TM5098 : St John the Baptist's church - the buttressed tower

taken 9 years ago, near to Lound, Suffolk, Great Britain

St John the Baptist's church - the buttressed tower
St John the Baptist's church - the buttressed tower
St John the Baptist's church > LinkExternal link - LinkExternal link in Lound is widely known as the 'Golden Church', its fame originating from the generosity of Father Booth Lyes, a past rector who employed Sir Ninian Comper's genius to restore it. The round tower, the oldest part of the church and believed to be early Norman, was probably rebuilt at some later time. The church was extensively restored in 1912/13. The high altar > LinkExternal link was raised on new flooring, and richly decorated posts surmounted by gilded bronze angels support curtains of Spanish silk. Below the altar, Ninian Comper's magnificent rood screen > LinkExternal link is adjoined at the south end by the Altar of our Lady, above which St Mary Salome, St Mary the Virgin and St Elizabeth are depicted on boards with richly gilded gesso backgrounds > LinkExternal link. By Comper is also the only modern wall painting in Suffolk depicting a St Christopher > LinkExternal link - the saint is surrounded by a water mill, with a Suffolk Punch horse and its rider, waiting patiently in front of it, and a portrait of Sir Ninian driving his Rolls Royce along the river bank. The airplane at top right was added during the 1964 restoration of the painting. The organ case > LinkExternal link at the west end of the church was installed in 1913. The organ was built by Harrison & Harrison of Durham. The original Norman font bowl now serves as a base for the pulpit. The present octagonal font > LinkExternal link - given in 1389 by Robert Bertelot - is of the traditional East Anglian type and the inscription at its base, commemorating the donor, is still legible. St John the Baptist's church has a 'Welcome' banner above the south doorway and is open every day.
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Date Taken
Thursday, 24 September, 2009   (more nearby)
Saturday, 26 September, 2009
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Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TM 505 989 [100m precision]
WGS84: 52:31.8491N 1:41.5833E
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TM 505 989
View Direction
North-northeast (about 22 degrees)
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