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While the early 20th century furnishings are discreet, the east window is glorious, particularly the hosts of angels. The earlier restoration also brought the William IV royal arms, and most unusual of all the clock high up on the west wall of the nave. This is what is known as a preacher's dial, positioned discreetly so the minister could see it but the people couldn't - or at least, not without giving themselves away. Incidentally, such things were intended to make sure the preacher went on for long enough, not to keep him brief.
There are a couple of earlier survivals. A font cover, more artifice than art, and a couple of ancient poor boxes. A Tudor brass. But it is hard to imagine yourself back beyond the dour Hanoverians.
Simon Knott, May 2005
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