The Church of St Andrew in Covehithe

Arleta and I went to Covehithe last Wednesday. Arleta took a few amazing pictures and I made two panoramas 🙂

To see panoramas, go to 2nd and 3rd page!

 

St Andrew’s Church, Covehithe, is a partly redundant Anglican church in the hamlet of Covehithe in the English county of Suffolk. It has been designated by English Heritage as a Grade I listed building. Part of the church is in ruins and this is under the care of the Churches Conservation Trust. The church stands on a lane leading directly towards the sea, in an area of coast which has suffered significant ongoing erosion. The parish of Covehithe has been combined with neighbouring Benacre.

The oldest fabric in the original large medieval church dates from the 14th century, although most of it is from the 15th century. During the Civil War much of the stained glass was destroyed by the local iconoclast William Dowsing. By the later part of that century the large church was too expensive for the parishioners to maintain, and they were given permission in 1672 to remove the roof and to build a much smaller church within it. This small church is still in use, while the tower and the ruins of the old church are maintained by the Churches Conservation Trust.

This is constructed in random flint rubble with stone dressings. Its plan consists of a nave, a chancel, north and south seven-bay aisles, a north sacristy, and a west tower. The tower is still intact and is in three principal stages, with buttresses and a battlemented parapet. On the south side of the middle stage is an ogee-headed opening. There are bell openings on each side of the top stage, but their tracery is missing. The wall of the south aisle is more complete than the north wall, and contains six intact window openings. The chancel projects one bay beyond the aisles, and contains tall window openings in its north and south wall, and a large east window opening. The buttresses at the east end are decorated with chequered flushwork, and contain canopied niches for statues. Some of the carved corbels for the chancel roof are still present.

The west end of the 17th-century church is built against the tower. Its fabric includes much material re-used from the older church, and some brick. Its roof is thatched. The windows have two lights separated by wooden mullions, and contain diamond-leaded windows. Both the north and the south doorways have been re-used. The east window dates from the 19th century. Inside the church is a 15th-century carved octagonal font. At the west end are 15th-century pews with poppyhead carving. The wooden pulpit contains some 17th-century carving. Under the tower arch are the royal arms of George III.

 

2014.03.12 - The Church of St Andrew in Covehithe - 01NIKON D7000 (70mm, f/6.3, 1/200 sec, ISO100)
2014.03.12 - The Church of St Andrew in Covehithe - 02NIKON D7000 (24mm, f/6.3, 1/320 sec, ISO100)
2014.03.12 - The Church of St Andrew in Covehithe - 03NIKON D7000 (26mm, f/2.8, 1/1600 sec, ISO100)
2014.03.12 - The Church of St Andrew in Covehithe - 04NIKON D7000 (44mm, f/13, 1/160 sec, ISO100)
2014.03.12 - The Church of St Andrew in Covehithe - 05NIKON D7000 (35mm, f/13, 1/200 sec, ISO100)
2014.03.12 - The Church of St Andrew in Covehithe - 01 - fullNIKON D600 (14mm, f/8, 1/1250 sec, ISO400)
2014.03.12 - The Church of St Andrew in Covehithe - 02 - fullNIKON D600 (14mm, f/8, 1/1250 sec, ISO400)
2014.03.12 - The Church of St Andrew in Covehithe - 03 - fullNIKON D600 (17mm, f/9, 1/400 sec, ISO100)

 

2014.03.12-The-Church-of-St-Andrew-in-Covehithe - 34NIKON D7000 (24mm, f/2.8, 1/2500 sec, ISO100)
2014.03.12-The-Church-of-St-Andrew-in-Covehithe - 36NIKON D7000 (44mm, f/13, 1/320 sec, ISO100)
2014.03.12-The-Church-of-St-Andrew-in-Covehithe - 37NIKON D7000 (70mm, f/13, 1/200 sec, ISO100)

 

 

 

1,485 total views, 1 views today

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

CAPTCHA
Change the CAPTCHA codeSpeak the CAPTCHA code