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Victorian Wrought Iron Lectern, Swinford | by Aidan McRae Thomson
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Victorian Wrought Iron Lectern, Swinford

All Saints at Swinford is an attractive 13th-15th century building consisting of a tall west tower, an aisled nave and an unusual polygonal-apsed chancel (the latter a Victorian rebuilding).

 

Inside it is light and airy, despite several windows filled with glass by Clayton & Bell (also an appealing later 20th century west window by an unknown maker). The nave clerestorey helps to flood the whitewashed interior with light, allowing the medieval roof to be better appreciated. There are earlier relics in the round Norman font (decorated with arcading and mounted on strange pillars) and the north arcade has early 13th century transitional detailing.

 

This is a church I have visited several times and never found locked, unlike many in the vicinity it always seems to be open and welcoming.

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Taken on April 14, 2012