Willingham, St Mary's Church
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HERITAGE HIGHLIGHTS: Medieval wall paintings
At the same time that the wall paintings were uncovered, a series of 12th century carvings were found in the south wall of the chancel. These carved stones have been reset in the walls of the south porch.
The church is composed of an aisled nave with a clerestory, chancel, north sacristy chapel, south porch, and a west tower with spire. The south chapel was used as a chantry by the de Brunne or Bourney family. A large tomb in the chapel is to unnamed 17th century member of the family. In the 17th and 18th century the chapel was used as a school, and the windows, tomb, and screen all bear carved initials of boys attending the school.
Aside from the wall paintings perhaps the most interesting feature are the screens, which are one of the finest and most complete collections of medieval screens in East Anglia. The screen on the north side of the Ely Chapel is possibly the oldest in Egland, and has been dated to around 1320. It is beautifully carved and traceried in elegant style. The tracery contains numerous small carving of faces, some humorous, some simply grotesque.
There is an early Perpendicular font, carved on only 7 of its 8 sides, suggesting that it was originally meant to stand beside a pillar, where the 8th face would remain unseen. The pulpit is also of Perpendicular date.
One final part of the church worthy of note is the nave roof, a lovely double hammerbeam design, ornamented with carved wooden angels. Some of the angels carry heraldic shields, while others bear musical instruments. The rafters are carved with a variety of symbols, including a saltire, cross, crowns, mires, and arrows.
About Willingham, St Mary's Church
Address: Church Street, Willingham, Cambridgeshire, England
Attraction Type: Historic Church
Location: Off the B1050 5 miles east of St Ives
Website: Willingham, St Mary's Church
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