Stifford and Its Neighbourhood, Past and Present. [With] More about Stifford
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1871 edition. Excerpt: ...stripped of its rough-cast, exhibits regular courses of unwrought flints, which have here been largely employed; the wall of the chancel has, therefore, been judiciously restored in conformity with the original work. Chalk, not improbably, is used in the core of the walls, as in many churches in this part of the country. Everywhere, in fact, we perceive the adaptation, for constructive purposes, of the materials which were most easily accessible to the builders; and in this district those materials were The great majority of churches in Essex, and probably throughout the country, arc situated on the north side of the villages and highways, and, unless local conditions prevented, the principal entrance was upon the south. N flint and chalk. Before the fifteenth centnry ragstone from Kent was but occasionally procured, and sparingly used, but from this period, when greater facilities by water transit were afforded, it was more abundantly employed. "The north doorway is of the fifteenth century, and is now the only entrance into the church. It is of two slight orders, with hollow chamfered edges. Over it remains the tympanum of the previous Norman doorway, which, with the voussoirs of the arch, are diapered. On the south side the original Norman doorway remains perfect, though now blocked with modern flint and pebble work. The north entrance was evidently conformable to this, except that the face of the stone was enriched with diaper, which is wanting upon the south, the greater elaboration being usually bestowed upon the principal entrance. "Both nave and chancel are unusually narrow in proportion to the length of the structure, the church having probably been lengthened out on the original Norman foundations. "The nave is lighted by...
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