Our visit to Lavenham coincided with a deluge of rain and very grey skies. The outside pictures are, as a result, rather dark. The nave and aisles are dwarfed by the massive west tower which is 43 metres high.
This beautiful church dates from the 15th century and is a fine example of the Perpendicular style.
Here are two views of the nave, looking east and west.
Here is a detail from the west or St Peter Window. Click here or on the image to view the stained glass windows in the church.
The pulpit, dating from 1892, and the pipe organ. This is a Fr Willis organ, erected here in 1997 having come from St Swithun's in Bournemouth - a church made redundant. It has a detached console and choir division. The main case contains the Great, Swell and Pedal organs. In all there are 2130 pipes.
The Royal Arms.
The 14th century font originally stood in the north aisle is worn, although it is possible to see the shields of the patron saints and a mother and child. There are four beasts around the base.
Finally here is a picture of the west door.
Whether it was the weather or the darkness in the building, I still prefer Long Melford with its unbroken clerestory and clean Perpendicular lines, not compromised by a chancel arch as at Lavenham.
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