St Peter & St Paul, Lavenham, Suffolk - 30th September 2005

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.

St Peter & St Paul, Lavenham, Suffolk - 30th September 2005 - MTC

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.

St Peter & St Paul, Lavenham, Suffolk - 30th September 2005 - MTCSt Peter & St Paul, Lavenham, Suffolk - 30th September 2005 - MTC

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.

St Peter & St Paul, Lavenham, Suffolk - 30th September 2005 - MTC

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.

St Peter & St Paul, Lavenham, Suffolk - 30th September 2005 - MTCSt Peter & St Paul, Lavenham, Suffolk - 30th September 2005 - MTC

The Royal Arms.

St Peter & St Paul, Lavenham, Suffolk - 30th September 2005 - MTC

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.

St Peter & St Paul, Lavenham, Suffolk - 30th September 2005 - MTC

A monument.

St Peter & St Paul, Lavenham, Suffolk - 30th September 2005 - MTC

Finally here is a picture of the west door.

St Peter & St Paul, Lavenham, Suffolk - 30th September 2005 - MTC

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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