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English Church Architecture -



NEWTON, All Saints (TL 920 413)     (October 2001)

(Bedrock:  Eocene, London Clay Formation)


The church (shown left, from the southeast) consists of just a W. tower, nave, chancel and S. porch, yet modest though it is, the congregation has retreated to the chancel, leaving the rest of the building in the care of the Redundant Churches Fund. Thus the chancel is separated from the nave by glass doors, has a separate visitors' book, and is less reliably open, but it can be examined from the nave if necessary and it is the nave that contains the church's oldest feature, namely the blocked Norman N. doorway (illustrated below right) with an arch bearing chevron and a roll, supported on two orders of shafts with scalloped capitals.  After this come the thirteenth century tower and nave S. doorway (inside the porch), the former with diagonal buttresses, a three-light W. window with intersecting tracery, and an arch bearing two flat chamfers dying into the jambs, and the latter carrying three rolls with fillets separated by hollows, and a hood-mould with fillet ending in label stops.



Most of the rest of the building is Decorated.  The chancel E. window has five lights and reticulated tracery and the two-light nave windows have cinquefoil-cusped Y-tracery.  The three-bay sedilia recessed in the S. wall of the chancel has equal uncusped arches, but the two-bay piscina beyond has cusped Y-tracery and the tomb canopy in the N. wall opposite, has a cinquefoil-cusped ogee arch with spandrels filled with blank arcading, above a tomb chest bearing a female effigy.  The chancel arch is Perpendicular and has a complex profile above semicircular responds with capitals. 


This leaves just two items to mention, the first of which is the font, with blank quatrefoils decorating the octagonal bowl and trefoil-cusped arches on the stem.  However, the “wine glass” pulpit (shown left) is of greater importance.  It carries the inscription, "Orate  P[ro]  A[n]i[m]a  Richi  Mody et Leticie (Consortis suae)"  ["Pray for the soul of Richard Mody and Letitia his wife"]  but, alas, no date.