Sunday 13th August 2017
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Margaretting church is dedicated to St Margaret of Antioch. It probably dates from around 1130, although it is mainly a 15th Century building. The exuberant plaster work (pargetting) around the altar is a distinguishing feature. Medieval carpentry is also in abundance. The three large colourful hatchments were impressive. Luckily we were able to get the key from one of the local residents.
The plaster work or pargetting is a distinguishing feature of this church. Considering this, it is surprising that I could not find its date recorded anywhere. Anyway, we found it impressive and well worth seeing!
Opposite the church entrance are three large wall-mounted hatchments. Hatchments are usually very colourful and are actually "Attachments" to the coffins when they make their last journeys. The crest on a hatchment is that of the person who has just died. The inscription is usually in Latin, and a typical word is "RESURGAM", or "I shall rise again".
Monuments often make interesting reading. They tell us something about the world and life and customs in ages past. We can an insight into what was important then, and this can gives food for thought when we compare the past with our present and ask the question, "Is modern life really as good as we think or are there other ways of doing things and other values?"
Here I have grouped together the stained glass windows and the carved pulpit. Both are used to put across the Christian message - the stained glass light in pictures and the pulpit in the words of the priest or preacher.
It's time to enter the world of the here and now, but not before we have appreciated the nice floral display in the entrance porch. We take a last look at the church basking in the peace of a warm August afternoon. Then we pass the rectory - or is it the vicarage - and resume our country walk.
These pictures were taken by me at various times since 2006 as well as on Paul's excellent IVC walk on 13th August 2017. Historical items for the text were gleaned from within the church as well as from on-line sources too numerous to itemize!