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All Souls Church is one of those buildings you feel won’t be very exciting – until you get inside! This is a worthwhile church of 1852 built to the designs of Edwin Nash. In plan it is a very simple two cell ragstone box with simple west gallery (reached by a very sturdy staircase) and little ornamentation. The whole building is in thirteenth century style with a hybrid font of 13th c style base and 14c style bowl. The pulpit is of unusual rectangular shape with the words Be swift to hear` along the rim. The east window is signed in the bottom right hand corner by Holland of Warwick. The guidebook suggests all the windows may be by him but they are so different in design that they are probably by Ward and Hughes and William Wailes of Newcastle. The latter is possibly the designer of the 2 south nave windows showing charming depictions of the 6 Parables and 6 Acts of Mercy. To the west of the church is the chunky tomb of Isabella Perceval – quite a stunner in its own way.
1851 Census Details
Seating Capacity: Not built
Morning Attendance: Not built
Afternoon Attendance: Not built
Evening Attendance: Not built
Original Build Date/Architect: Nash 1851
Second Restoration: -
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