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St Mary, Tasburgh
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There is an interesting collection of arcana on the west wall of the nave, including one of those brass benefaction plates familiar from several churches around here. More curious still are several large plaques above the windows to south and north, painted with biblical texts, which must date from the Victorian restoration. Oddest of all is the decorative painting in the south-east corner of the nave, above and around the piscina. It appears to be in the style of the 18th century. Was the piscina blocked when it was originally painted? Was it intended as the backdrop to a memorial?
The wooden panelled altar is very imposing, and the purple riddle curtains and gnarled cross a nice touch for Lent. Rather odd that the altar doesn't appear to fit the riddle screen. In the north window of the chancel is a curious lozenge of early 17th century glass, depicting William Newce and his two wives (not at the same time of course). A modern inscription in glass beside it explains it, and there are other Newce memorials in the church,from just before and after.
Simon Knott, March 2008
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