Lyddington, St Andrew Church
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HERITAGE HIGHLIGHTS: Medieval acoustic jars in chancel
You enter by a west porch, where there are a pair of carved medieval grave slabs on display. There is a 15th-century rood screen, and early 15th-century wall paintings in the nave and over the chancel arch. The painting behind the pulpit is particularly fine.
Look high on the walls of the chancel, where you will see acoustic jars (now minus their necks) set into the thickness of the wall. These were installed on the theory that they would improve the acoustics. Another odd feature in the chancel is the communion rails, which completely surround the communion table.
This unusual arrangement came about in 1635 when Puritans wanted the altar moved into the body of the church but Archbishop Laud wanted it against the east wall. Bishop Williams of Lincoln suggested a compromise, and the altar was moved forward so the rails now enclose it like a fence.
Near the altar steps are a pair of late 15th-century brasses (hidden under carpeting when I visited).
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About Lyddington, St Andrew Church
Address: Church Lane, Lyddington, Rutland, England
Attraction Type: Historic Church
Location: On Church Lane, just off High Street, and behind the Bede House. There is limited parking along Church Lane
Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express
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