Posted on 08/24/2013

Photo taken on July  5, 2013

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Norman font
Early English
14th century
St. Michael
East Anglia
J H Heigham

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St. Michael, Hunston (1)

St. Michael, Hunston (1)
Hunston is a small village set in a conservation area of Mid-Suffolk and lies about 12km east of Bury St Edmunds. It is set in flattish, mostly arable, farmland.

St Michael's Church stands at the end of a long farm track just south of the village centre, behind the site of Hunston Hall. The most noticable part of this quite small church is the comparatively large south transept. It is an interesting specimen of Early English architecture. There are a number of Early English windows and some perpendicular insertions. The nave roof is hammer-beam type, the restored chancel roof being copied from it. The chancel arch is plain, supported on circular shafts with richly foliated capitals.

The priest's door to the south is is headed by a boldly trefoliated segmented arch; the cusps are terminated with fleur-de-lys. In the east wall of the transept is a niche leaf with beautiful moulding of foliate design In the south-east angle of the transept is a beautiful Early English double piscina under two trefoil arches one in each wall supported on three circular shafts the central shaft being in the angle of the walls In the chancel are two ancient benches with well carved poppy heads. The font is Norman. Near the font is a well preserved chest of unusual design.

The 14th Century flint tower, which contains 5 bells, is of three stages without buttresses with a late brick parapet. In 1887 the chancel was restored by the late J H Heigham. The chancel floor was relaid with mosaic work by Major C Heigham, who in 1882 placed 6 new windows in the chancel. The most recent refurbishment completed in 2005 was restoration of a central window in the chancel.

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Don Sutherland
Don Sutherland
Wonderful photo.
4 years ago.
Peter Van Der Houwen
Peter Van Der Houwen
Such a charming little church!
4 years ago.
Great capture, thank you for sharing with us at Historical & Architectural Gems
4 years ago.
Une très belle série de maisons !!!!!!!!
4 years ago.