St Andrew's church, Folkingham :: Shared Description
Grade I listed
Dates from late 12th century. West tower, north & south aisles, nave and chancel with organ chamber, the tower is 15th C. with a west doorway from circa 1435 with shields of John Baron Beaufort and wife (now gone) and also foliage and flowers.
North aisle is 14th C. with 19th C. organ chamber at the east end, south aisle also 14th C. with a 15th C. south porch, the Priestís room above once served as a school room.
The gates to the South Porch replace the original ones which were stolen in 2006 by men pretending to be workmen.
In 2007 severe gales blew down two pinnacles on the west side which caused a merlon to fall through the back vestry roof and a merlon and mid wall pinnacle to crash through the roof on the south side narrowly missing the font. See TF0733 : An act of God ?
The altar table is 17th century and the rood screen dates from the 14th century and was once decorated with the saints and a fox with a goose in its mouth symbolising the devil capturing a soul.
The chancel was built of ironstone and restored in 1825. The choir stalls are 14th C. The sedilia of circa 1300 was reduced to two in 1858.
The northwest pillar and arch over the organ date from 1180 and are the oldest part of the church. The organ was built in 1886 by Porritt of Leicester and was presented to the church by the daughter of Rev Carter who was Rector from 1868-94.
The font is 18th century. The clock was replaced in 1897 to commemorate the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Victoria.
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Created: Tue, 25 Sep 2012, Updated: Tue, 25 Sep 2012
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