Font - Melchbourne, Beds
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Norfolk12
N 52° 16.626 W 000° 29.622
30U E 670980 N 5794817
St. Mary Magdelene church font.
Waymark Code: WMBEDW
Location: Eastern England, United Kingdom
Date Posted: 05/11/2011
Published By:Groundspeak Premium Member Dragontree
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St. Mary Magdelene: A Georgian church with a medieval West tower, but the Georgian chancel has medieval masonry, including traces of a low-side lancet, and the nave is so wide now that it must have had a South aisle. The Georgian date is 1779.

Of the mediaeval church the tower and the basic foundations remain, but a clerestory was now added, giving height and at least the a South Aisle was added. The effect was to create a Georgian style Church. The porch however appears to be Jacobean, and it is believed that this was moved from the St. John manor at Woodford which was demolished about this time. The box pews were presumably added shortly afterwards, being very similar to the furnishings of a number of chapels in the vicinity built at about the same period. The strange thing is that the church was endowed with so great a capacity - being capable of housing a congregation of some 250 - when the population of the village could not have been much greater than at present. The organ was presented by Louisa St. John in the 1850's.
Approximate Age of Artefact: 1779

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