Wordwell, All Saints Church
History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
HERITAGE HIGHLIGHTS: Norman and medieval carvings
All Saints is built to a simple two cell design, with a nave and chancel, and a small south porch. There is no tower; just a small stone bellcote over the west gable.
The church is entered through a Norman door with a carved tympanum in extemely primitive style, suggesting, perhaps, an even earlier origin than the 12th century. The door posts capitals are also carved, with primitive figures of men. The interior face of the door is also capped by a tympanum, with two further very early carvings of men standing.
The smaller of these figures holds a ring out to the other, who spreads his arms wide in a gesture that might be surprise, or, perhaps, blessing. One interpretation of this tympanum is that it represents an apocryphal tale of Edward the Confessor and St John the Baptist, where the king is shown giving his ring to a beggar who - surprise - turns out to be the saint in disguise.
The chancel arch is also Norman, but is hardly decorated at all. There are a series of beautifully carved 15th century benches, decorated with fanciful tracery and poppy-head designs. The best of the carvings, however, are on the pew backs, where you will find depictions of dragons and strange beasts. The extremely simple Norman font sits on four legs, one of which bears a carving of a man's head.
The church is no longer used for regular worship and is in the care of the Churches Conservation Trust. It was open when we visited.
About Wordwell, All Saints Church
Address: Wordwell, Suffolk, England, IP28 6UN
Attraction Type: Historic Church
Location: 6 miles north of Bury St Edmunds on the B1106
Website: Wordwell, All Saints Church
Churches Conservation Trust
Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express
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