Photographer's Note

Good Morning Everyone,

This is St. Andrew's Church, a delightful and ancient church in Kettleburgh, Suffolk.

We stayed at Church Farm, which was just a few hundred yards from the church, and was equally ancient.

There has been a church at Kettleburgh since Saxon times. At the time of the Domesday survey there were two manors here; one held under the patronage of Ely Abbey. The current St Andrew's is mainly a 14th-century building, but a Saxon window was discovered during 20th-century repair work.

Also of great age is a 13th-century coffin slab in the chancel and a stone coffin set into the south-east nave wall. Nearby is a blocked archway which marks the site of a chantry chapel for the Charles family.

The Charles's lived at Kettleburgh Old Hall from 1265 until 1507. Part of the moat that used to surround the hall can be seen to the north west of the church.

There is an attractive 15th-century octagonal font of the sort one seems to find in so many Suffolk country churches. The font was a gift of Lady Alice Charles (nee Ramsey) in memory of her husband, Sir Thomas (d. 1419), and the heraldic panels depict the arms of Ramsey, Charles, and Kenton. The pulpit is Jacobean, with some nicely carved panels. The rood screen is of similar date, with dadoed panels.

Much more interesting are the 15th century carved poppyhead benches in the nave. Carvings include a mythical beast with stag horns, a man riding a lion, a tower and a figure with a loaf. - Britain Express

The church was so interesting to explore, with so many old features to observe. I will add a w/s of some of the carvings that were on the pews. I'm sure you will find them interesting.

Have a good day, Bev :-)

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