The misericords and history of St Andrew's Chruch, Orwell

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The misericords and history of St Andrew’s, Orwell.

St Andrew’s has eleven, 15th century misericords.

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History of St Andrew’s church, Orwell, Cambridgeshire.

St Andrew’s was founded sometime about 1150 AD, however, little of this early church remains.  The tower, which was built in 1250, is decorated with dog tooth carving and blind arcading - unfortunately the tower has been in the wars over it’s 850 years, so the arcading has disappeared from the north wall, and much of the tower is patched with brick.  The simple nave was rebuilt in the early 14th century, whilst the chancel, built by a bequest from the Rector, Richard Anlaby, is overpowering for the size of the nave.  The south aisle dates from the 14th century, whilst the north was re-built using brick in 1883.  

The simple misericords date from the early 15th century. These misericords are all simple V shapes, with a small decoration at the base.

It is worth noting that during the 19th century restoration a crucifixion sculpture, dating from about 1300, was discovered, this now resides at the east end of the south aisle, and although Mary is missing from it, Christ is shown in his agony on a simple crucifix made from a tree, with St John watching on.

The chancel vault was replaced during the 19th century, and the bosses, showing the arms of several county families, and painted in distemper, were recreated from a manuscript housed at Wimpole Hall.

Although St Andrew’s does not appear to have an official website, much information can be found in the benefice of Orwell site.

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