TM4874 : St Andrew's church in Walberswick

taken 8 years ago, near to Walberswick, Suffolk, Great Britain

St Andrew's church in Walberswick
St Andrew's church in Walberswick
An older church which stood on the site was taken down in the late 14th century and a new church built on the same spot. St Andrew's church was dedicated in 1493. It was a large building, built onto the tower of the old church and it contained a side chapel and four altars. The nave and chancel had 18 clerestory windows on each side. The church prospered until tithes were stopped being paid in 1538. Subsequently the church and, in fact, the whole town became very poor. Very little was done to repair the church in the following decade. In 1695 permission was obtained to unroof nave, chancel > LinkExternal link and north aisle and to sell the materials, including three of the four remaining bells, with the proceeds going towards the repair of the south aisle which still houses the current church. When the surrounding ruins were excavated in 1930 a quantity of 14th and 15th century stained glass, all in fragments, was found and many of these fragments were assembled into one light of a window > LinkExternal link on the south wall. The south porch > LinkExternal link has survived in its original state and is a good example of the original splendour of the church, as it looked in the 15th century. The elaborately carved pulpit > LinkExternal link and the baptismal font > LinkExternal link are also 15th century. The ruined east end of the church is divided from the west end by a grid line that runs through it, placing the church into two different grid squares.
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Date Taken
Tuesday, 21 September, 2010   (more nearby)
Wednesday, 22 September, 2010
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Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TM 489 747 [100m precision]
WGS84: 52:18.8501N 1:39.0894E
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TM 489 746
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NORTH (about 0 degrees)
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