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Harpswell, St Chad
Harpswell, St Chad
Harpswell, St Chad

St. Chad's church, Harpswell, has an Anglo-Saxon tower, 13th century nave arcade and a 14th century effigy.

An inscription on the tower records the gift of a clock (no longer present) as a thank-offering for the victory of Culloden in 1746.

Mark Acton, 2006

Harpswell, St Chad church, Anglo Saxon tower, clock, Culloden,
Harpswell, St Chad
Harpswell, St Chad
Harpswell, St Chad

"Parish church. Late C11, C13, C14, restored C19"

https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/1309029 

DB 25 September 2018

Harpswell, Saint Chad, Church
Harpswell, St Chad
Harpswell, St Chad
Harpswell, St Chad

Kelly's Directory of Lincolnshire 1919 states

"The church of St. Chad is a plain building of stone in the Norman and Early English styles, consisting of chancel, nave, south aisle, south porch and a western tower with pinnacles containing 2 bells and a clock, given, according to an inscription above it as a memorial of the battle of Culloden, April 16, 1746"

DB 25 September 2018

Harpswell, Saint Chad, Church
Harpswell, St Chad
Harpswell, St Chad
Harpswell, St Chad

Church viewed from the northeast with Commonwealth war graves in the foreground.

"A section of the churchyard is set aside for the graves of service personnel.

Comprising a Service Plot of four rows, it contains the war graves of a Royal Engineers soldier, eighteen British airmen and one Canadian airman, and six non-World War graves.

A former RAF base, RAF Hemswell (formerly known as Harpswell Aerodrome when it was first opened in 1918 by the Royal Flying Corps) adjoins the parish"

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St_Chad%27s_Church,_Harpswell  

North aisle taken down and north nave wall rebuilt in C19.

DB 25 September 2018

Harpswell, Saint Chad, Church, Commonwealth war graves
Harpswell, St Chad, Bench End
Harpswell, St Chad, Bench End
Harpswell, St Chad, Bench End

Medieval bench end with a shield enclosing the stigmata.

DB 25 September 2018

Harpswell, Saint Chad, Church
Harpswell, St Chad, Chancel
Harpswell, St Chad, Chancel
Harpswell, St Chad, Chancel

Chancel is largely the product of restorations in 1890-91. 

DB 25 September 2018

Harpswell, Saint Chad, Church, chancel
Harpswell, St Chad, Chancel, East Window
Harpswell, St Chad, Chancel, East Window
Harpswell, St Chad, Chancel, East Window

Chancel is largely the product of restorations in 1890-91. 

DB 25 September 2018

Harpswell, Saint Chad, Church, stained glass
Harpswell, St Chad, Chancel, Monument
Harpswell, St Chad, Chancel, Monument
Harpswell, St Chad, Chancel, Monument

"On the north wall of the chancel is a fifteenth-century brass of John Whichcote in armour and his wife, Elizabeth Tyrwhit, in a complex butterfly headdress"

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St_Chad%27s_Church,_Harpswell 

DB 25 September 2018

Harpswell, Saint Chad, Church, John Whichcote, Elizabeth Tyrwhit, brass, monument
Harpswell, St Chad, Nave
Harpswell, St Chad, Nave
Harpswell, St Chad, Nave

View looking east towards the chancel.

Wall to the left constructed 1890-91 when there were major restorations and the north aisle was removed.

DB 25 September 2018

Harpswell, Saint Chad, Church, nave
Harpswell, St Chad, Nave
Harpswell, St Chad, Nave
Harpswell, St Chad, Nave

View looking west towards the tower arch.

"C14 interior tower arch with double chamfered pointed head supported on polygonal capitals and responds"

https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/1309029 

DB 25 September 2018

Harpswell, Saint Chad, Church, nave
Harpswell, St Chad, Nave, Pulpit
Harpswell, St Chad, Nave, Pulpit
Harpswell, St Chad, Nave, Pulpit

Church suffered major restorations in 1890-91 during which the north aisle was removed.

Pulpit presumably provided as part of those restorations. 

DB 25 September 2018

Harpswell, Saint Chad, Church, pulpit
Harpswell, St Chad, Nave, Royal Arms
Harpswell, St Chad, Nave, Royal Arms
Harpswell, St Chad, Nave, Royal Arms

Queen Anne coat of arms 1703.

DB 25 September 2018

Harpswell, Saint Chad, Church, Queen Anne, Coat of Arms
Harpswell, St Chad, Porch
Harpswell, St Chad, Porch
Harpswell, St Chad, Porch

"C14 south porch"

"West side of porch has 2 stage C14 buttress with rectangular window in west side with 2 cusped ogee headed lights, restored in C19.

Porch interior flanked by stone benches"

https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/1309029 

DB 25 September 2018

Harpswell, Saint Chad, Church, porch
Harpswell, St Chad, South Aisle
Harpswell, St Chad, South Aisle
Harpswell, St Chad, South Aisle

Looking from the south aisle across to the nave.

The arches of the arcade are unusual - two pointed arches in Early English style and one semicircular in Norman style.

One pier is round and the other octagonal. 

DB 25 September 2018

Harpswell, Saint Chad, Church
Harpswell, St Chad, South Aisle, East Window
Harpswell, St Chad, South Aisle, East Window
Harpswell, St Chad, South Aisle, East Window

C19 stained glass.

DB 25 September 2018

Harpswell, Saint Chad, Church, stained glass
Harpswell, St Chad, South Aisle, Font
Harpswell, St Chad, South Aisle, Font
Harpswell, St Chad, South Aisle, Font

Barrel font in transitional style c1200.

DB 25 September 2018

Harpswell, Saint Chad, Church, font
Harpswell, St Chad, South Aisle, Monument
Harpswell, St Chad, South Aisle, Monument
Harpswell, St Chad, South Aisle, Monument

Kelly's Directory of Lincolnshire 1919 states  

"Recumbent stone effigy of a man in gown and hood worn over a tunic or cassock; on the head is a skull cap and at the feet a large grotesque head; below is an inscription to William de Harrington, rector here circ. 1346" 

DB 25 September 2018

Harpswell, Saint Chad, Church, monument, William de Harrington
Harpswell, St Chad, South Aisle, Monument
Harpswell, St Chad, South Aisle, Monument
Harpswell, St Chad, South Aisle, Monument

Kelly's Directory of Lincolnshire 1919 states

"The church was restored in 1890-91 by the late Sir Thomas Whichcote bart. and on taking down the east wall of the chancel there was found in the basement a large stone slab, 7 feet in length and 22 inches wide, bearing the figure of a priest in vestments, and round the margin an inscription in Norman-French, undated, to John Gere, parson, of Harppeswelle"

Church Guide suggests a date about 1300.

DB 25 September 2018

Harpswell, Saint Chad, Church, monument, John Gere
Harpswell, St Chad, South Aisle, Organ
Harpswell, St Chad, South Aisle, Organ
Harpswell, St Chad, South Aisle, Organ

By Estey Organ Company.

"For a century the Estey Organ Company in Brattleboro, Vermont was the largest Organ (music) manufacturer in the United States"

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Estey_Organ 

DB 25 September 2018

Harpswell, Saint Chad, Church, Estey, organ
Harpswell, St Chad, South Aisle, Roll of Honour
Harpswell, St Chad, South Aisle, Roll of Honour
Harpswell, St Chad, South Aisle, Roll of Honour

Second World War Roll of Honour.

DB 25 September 2018

Harpswell, Saint Chad, Church, roll of honour
Harpswell, St Chad, Tower
Harpswell, St Chad, Tower
Harpswell, St Chad, Tower

"Cll west tower with plinth and quoins"

https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/1309029 

The Church Guide states that "the tower is in part at least built onto earlier Anglo-Saxon walling" 

Note the Culloden Memorial Stone with clock above.

DB 25 September 2018

Harpswell, Saint Chad, Church, tower, Culloden Memorial, clock
Harpswell, St Chad, Tower, Culloden Memorial
Harpswell, St Chad, Tower, Culloden Memorial
Harpswell, St Chad, Tower, Culloden Memorial

Thomas Whichcote was an ardent Royalist and supporter of the Act of Settlement.

He had a notable memorial stone placed on the tower with an inscription commemorating the erection of a clock in 1746 in memory of the Duke of Cumberland's "victory over the rebels" at Culloden. 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St_Chad%27s_Church,_Harpswell 

The Church Guide states that the current clock is a replacement of the original but again given by the Whichcotes.

DB 25 September 2018

Harpswell, Saint Chad, Church, tower, Culloden, Thomas Whichcote, clock
Harpswell, St Chad, Tower, West Widow
Harpswell, St Chad, Tower, West Widow
Harpswell, St Chad, Tower, West Widow

Window contains fragments of medieval glass salvaged after the original window was blown out in a storm.

DB 25 September 2018

Harpswell, Saint Chad, Church, stained glass