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Three Churches - Gazeley (All Saints)

Hidden : 1/18/2009
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The cache container is micro-sized, but due to the construction has only a nano-sized logbook, and no room for any writing instrument so please bring your own!

Hopefully you won't need the hint (this isn't meant to be a difficult cache), so apologies if you do resort to it and find it unhelpful. I can only assure you that it does have some relevance to the hiding place!

I've wanted to place a cache here for sometime. It's a lovely church in a lovely village, and deserving of more visitors. This cache is the perfect place to start the Three Churches Walk, which is a popular and recommended stroll between the villages of Gazeley, Dalham and Moulton, and a map is situated just outside the church walls with the route of this walk marked.

The ancient village of Gazeley lies about five miles south-east of Newmarket, nine miles west of Bury St Edmunds, and close to the Cambridgeshire border. The parish church of All Saints lies at the heart of the village, and is full of interesting historical features. One such feature is the anchoress cell, close to which the cache is hidden.

The church is not locked, so please look around - the wardens encourage visitors! All Saints Church is a Grade I listed building dating back to the 14th century, and since 2004 there has been a new sense of purpose and determination to repair and restore the church. The church is in phase two of a three-phase restoration, so any donations would be greatly appreciated. Inside the church, you will find (as well as that which you would usually expect), a local produce stall, a book, video and jigsaw exchange, and facilities to make yourself tea, coffee and squash.



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  • All Saints Church, GazeleyThe earliest parts of the building date from the early years of the 14th century (the Decorated period of English architecture). This was probably a rebuilding of an earlier church that existed on the same site. The building was further improved and beautified during the second half of the 15th century (the Perpendicular period). Further repairs and restorations took place during the 19th century in 1857, 1884 and 1888.
  • Crest of George IIIAbove the tower arch are the royal arms of King George III, which are dated 1815. At some point in the future it is hoped to restore this crest.
  • In the CellThe door of the current vestry, which was once the cell of an anchoress. An anchoress would live in this cell, with only two views to the outside world - a spyhole to the altar, and a window to the church grounds, where food and conversation could be shared. A small mezzanine floor provided space for sleeping, and it is believed that the anchoress would have dug her own grave ready for her death.
  • The BenchesIn the nave and aisles, to the west of the north and south doorways, are a fine an interesting set of carved medieval benches. Some have poppyhead ends and others have straight tops, with tracery and buttresses. In the south aisle are five poppyhead benches and one with a straight top. Two of the former have beautifully pierced and traciered backs, one with some lettering, part of which is missing. The interpretation of the lettering has so far baffled the experts.
  • The OrganThe organ is a manual instrument, built by Gildersleeve & Co of Bury St Edmunds. It has ten speaking stops and three couplers, and has been described as "Victorian clutter" as, unfortunately, there is not really a suitable place for the organ - and at present it blocks what would be a more picturesque view of the window and medieval west doorway.
  • The RoofThe nave roof has large 16th century tiebeams which support arch braced principals with traceried spandrels. The wall posts rest upon 19th century angels. The wall posts of the aisle roofs rest upon medieval stone corbels, The chancel roof is a canted wagon roof of early 16th century date. It is beautifully panelled and is covered with carved bosses.
  • The Table TombNear the east end of the south aisle is a marble table tomb, with beautiful traceried stonework and Tudor flower cresting. In the recess are the matrices of lost brasses. This fine monument dates from the early 16th century.
  • The WindowThe church possesses several fragments of medieval stained glass, mostly of early 16th century date. This can be seen in the southwest window of the chancel, also in the heads of the centre lights of the middle window of the south aisle, and the three north aisle windows. The west window of the north aisle has two shields and the tiny quatrefoil at its apex contains old glass. The remaining medieval glass can be seen in the tracery of all four windows in the north side of the clerestory.
  • Three Churches Walk: Gazeley Village SignThe village sign, situated between the suggested parking and the church. Another sign by the wall of the church has a map showing the route of the Three Churches Walk.
  • Three Churches Walk: The MapThis sign is by the wall of the church grounds, and shows the route of the Three Churches Walk - highly recommended!
  • Three Churches Walk: The WalkAnother map of the Three Churches Walk, taken from the Suffolk County Council website. Not as pretty as the sign at Gazeley, but perhaps easier to work out the route, if you wish to do so before leaving home.

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