HARPSWELL, St Chad's.
Our September 2014 visit was to St Chad's Church, Harpswell,which is mentioned in Domesday Book. It has an Anglo-Saxon west tower and the arch towards the nave is probably 14th century in date and there is a late 13th century south arcade of three bays. There are also one circular and one octagonal pier with double-chamfered arches. A fine west window in the aisle with late 13th century plate tracery with trefoiled lights and three trefoils over also exists. The south windows of the aisle have flowing tracery and straight heads. One has two diagonally-placed pointed quatrefoils (or interlocked pointed figures-of-eight) as its tracery which is an interesting pattern. The church underwent restoration in 1891 to 1892. A transitional, drum-shaped font, with blank arcading and straight sided arches is present and a possible bench end panel has a shield displaying the wounds of christ. Small bits of stained glass in the west window are mostly 14th century and originally were no doubt from the south aisle.
Monuments include an incised slab to John Gere, Rector in c.1300; immediately to the east in the south aisle is an effigy of William Harrington, Rector in c.1350 with, at his feet, a corbel with a green man's face. There are brasses to a Knight and a Lady, dating c.1480 and the figures are two feet long.
Stained glass in this church dates to the late 13th to early 14th centuries. JRK
I am grateful to Phil Stanyon for photographs.
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