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Yesterday we had some fantastic cloud formations as you can see here.
This is Parham Church in Suffolk along with a neighbouring Mock Tudor house, I like the contrast in size and colours.

Parham has no pub, but it does have a fascinating church. The heart of the village, pronounce Parrum, is not far off the busy road which connects Framlingham to the A12, and the church is set in a little dip with ancient houses in attendance. It dates from a major rebuilding of the late 14th Century. You enter the churchyard by a pretty thatched lychgate in the north-west corner, and the graves sprawl away south and eastwards, an attractive but particularly uneven and bumpy graveyard.

At first sight, the most striking feature of the exterior of the church is the large niche on the western face of the tower. It probably held a rood group, the crucifixion in the middle, with John the Evangelist and Mary the Mother of God on either side. You can see that it would have had a most elaborate canopy. The eastern buttresses of the tower are parallel to the tower eastern face and there are no battlements on the tower, making it seem rather severe, especially with the low nave roof. The nave windows are tall and stately, making the church seem rather bigger than it actually is. There was a big refurbishment a hundred years later, hence the large window beneath the niche, and the grand north porch, now a vestry.

Unusually for Suffolk, you enter the church from the west, beneath the gallery. The interior is surprisingly spacious, given that there are no aisles. The building is full of light - there is very little coloured glass, and the dado panels of the rood screen were removed in the 1880s, leaving just the tracery painted in a gay red and green. It gave Cautley the horrors, and even made Mortlock tut, but I rather like it. The whole building has a sense of space because of it, unusual in a church so comprehensively restored in the 1880s. The reredos beyond is a simple and seemly structure, a cobbling together of 17th century woodwork with a picture of the Last Supper in the Russian style. I would have liked to have known where it came from. Above it is some good 15th Century glass, albeit restored. Four angel musicians in the upper tracery look on with the serious faces of that century. Info Suffolk Church's.

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  • Copyright: Iain Richardson (RhodieIke) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 835 W: 1 N: 2666] (11744)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2014-03-22
  • Categories: Architecture
  • Exposure: f/6.3, 1/640 seconds
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  • Photo Version: Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2014-03-23 2:00
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