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Holy Trinity, Scoulton
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On this sunny day we stepped into a wide, square, light space, motes of dust falling through the air. It was like stepping back in time. The nave itself has a collection of 19th century benches, but the font cover and pulpit on the south side are older, probably 17th century. The pulpit on the north side is a modern copy of the old one, and it seemed most unusual to see the two together. Jacobean panelling has been set behind the pulpits to form kind of low screen, which turns eastward at the entrance to the chancel. They create an effect something between box pews and return stalls, although in fact there is no attached seating on the eastern side. I wonder if it might actually be in its original place rather than a modern resetting from elsewhere.
If you like puzzles, there is a good one in the north wall of the chancel, behind the organ. Here, you will find the recess of an Easter Sepulchre, but in its shelf are five deep hollows, holes about 10cm across and 15cm deep. Cautley thought they might be for cresset lights, devotional candles made by floating a wick in oil; but as Mortlock points out, the holes are much too large, they would take almost a pint of oil each. Pevsner, wisely, keeps his counsel and does not offer a solution.
Simon Knott, May 2007
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