St Margaret's

St. Margaret's Church, photo Annette Rolston

When the church was rebuilt, wall-paintings covered the inside, and in the 1920s some of them were rediscovered. On the north wall is the top half of a big St Christopher, and further along two parts of a Three Living and Three Dead. The painted skeletons are conventional meditations and reminders on mortality and were very popular in the years after the Black Death.

Up in the chancel are several memorials to the Pastons. The older ones are believed to have been brought here from Bromholm when the monastery was closed by Henry VIII.

On the north side, and the reason for the blocking of the window, are two memorials by Nicholas Stone, one featuring the life-size Dame Katherine Paston, who died in 1628.

Her inscription assures us that "not that she needeth monument of stone for her well-gotten fame to rest upp on, but this was reard to testifie that shee lives in their loves that yet surviving be. For untoe virtue whoe first raised her name shee left the preservation of the same, and to posterity remaine it shall when marble monuments decaye shall all".

The chancel is enhanced by some very good century 19th Century glass. 

Lady Katherine's tomb, St, Margaret's, photo Rupert Mallin

(Left) Daffodils outside the church.
(Right) The Church door.
Photos Lucy Care

(Left) A carved Griffin on a pew.
(Right) A page of the register.
Photos Lucy Care.

(Left) Wall painting.
(Right) Stained glass window at St. Margaret's.
Photos Rupert Mallin