home I index I latest I glossary I introductions I e-mail I about this site
St Mary, Yelverton
the captions by hovering over the images, and click on them to
see them enlarged.
You can see straight away that here is a church which is loved and cared for. The most recent addition to the building is the pair of stained glass windows in the porch, which date from 2001. They use the themes of fire and water to complement the morning and evening light; that to the east depicts Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego with the angel in the fiery furnace.
You step inside to a wide, light, squarish nave. There is no north aisle, but the south aisle is as wide as the nave itself. Everything is well cared for and beautifully presented.
The panels on the north side, which is partly obscured by some brutal concrete steps to the pulpit, have been repainted. Those to the south have been rather more carefully restored, and we can see that the angels do not appear to be holding symbols or implements of any kind. They all wear similar crowns. A great curiosity is the landscape that runs under their feet from one panel to another, depicting trees and hills. A 15th century vision of Paradise, perhaps?
Near to the screen is a pretty little brass image of Margaret Aldriche, with an inscription asking us, in English, to pray for her soul. There's another pre-Reformation inscription in English nearby. On the other side of the theological divide, Humphrey Rant, who sounds as if he has stepped out of the pages of Dickens a century or so later, has a gloriously over-the-top memorial in the south aisle; fortunately, the aisle is wide and light enough to contain its exuberance. While looking at it, you might notice a tiny thirteenth century coffin stone for a child in the south-east corner. It is rather moving.
St Mary is a delight of a church, a building to uplift the spirit and the imagination, and as friendly and welcoming as all the other churches in the Bramerton group. I look forward to going back.
Simon Knott, March 2006
Amazon commission helps cover the running costs of this site.
home I index I latest I introductions I e-mail I about this site I glossary
links I small print I www.simonknott.co.uk I www.suffolkchurches.co.uk
ruined churches I desktop backgrounds I round tower churches