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St Matthias, Thorpe next Haddiscoe
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This is a plain, simple church, rather dark on this winter day, but neat and well-kept. There are a couple of curiosities - the most extraordinary is just inside the south doorway, set in the west wall. Within a blind archway, two arched alcoves are set back into the wall, the right hand one with a shelf. I suppose that it must have been a cupboard of some kind, perhpas an aumbry, but I also recalled two smaller alcoves set into the eastern face of the arcade at Haddiscoe.
A little brass plate is in Latin, and its pre-Reformation inscription asks for prayers for someone's soul. As DD pointed out, it is interesting because the lettering is decorated with little scrolls and flicks - there are several brasses like this in the area, including the one under the carpet at Seething, presumably all the work of the same hand, and it may have been a way of adding character to a plate that was never intended to have an image associated with it.
Simon Knott, February 2005
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