March Mardler

All Saints Church News.

A fairly quiet time as we prepare for Easter. The have a popular Lent course running at the moment looked after by Lynda Mansfield and very kindly hosted by Chris Mac Donald. Do look out for our Easter Day service at 9.30 and taken by Lindsey Domoney, as always you are most welcome when we will be well through spring although I do remember a few years ago it snowed on the day.

Last week we had our annual Gardeners Question Time in the Village hall masterminded by Gary and Mary Alderton with Andrew Baily and Andrew Daniels as our quest speakers. It as a very successful evening with added over £300 to church funds. We are now looking for our next event which will probably be a talk of local interest.

Finally we hope to be running a Messy Church over the Easter weekend. This is a great chance for us to gather with the youngsters from the village having a bit of fun and catching up. We will (and possibly by the time you read this) let you all know the details.

So from us all in the PCC we would like to wish you a very happy Easter and may your summer be all you could hope for.

All Saints History

It is often thought that Henry VIII’s dissolution of the monasteries was about the split with the Roman Catholic Church. In reality it was as much the result of the poor state of the Royal finances as a consequence of the war with France, and the lack of political power within the Church. Thorpe Abbotts was apportioned to the Abbot of St Edmundsbury (hence the name). On the dissolution of the Monastery in 1538 the estate was bought by Sir John Brydges who was actively involved in the Court of Henry VIII and later became 1St Baron Chandos of Sudeley. At some time during the early 1540’s the estate was purchased by the Cornwallis family (later Baron Brome) when the settlement became known Thorpe Cornwallis. This name was still in existence on 1840 when it is used on the plans for the Rectory which was being built for the Rev William Wallace at a cost of £1000. The Village was however again referred to as Thorpe Abbotts in the 1841 census.

The Cornwallis family did little to the Church with the exception of adding the porch which if you look carefully you can see that it will have been painted white with the entrance picked out in yellow ochre so must have looked quite striking. Seeing the porch from the outside it is clear that the roof had been raised probably during the time of William Wallace’s rebuilding and repair 1840-1860. This may well have been the result of the insertion (or the intent)of a small room sometimes referred to as a Parvise in the porch roof space which would have provided a sleeping place for a visiting priest. I cannot think of another reason why the porch roof was raised although there is no sign of a room internally.

About All Saints Thorpe Abbotts

Living in Thorpe Abbotts I am the Secretary to the PCC, manage the churchyard conservation area and write regularly for the Parish Magazine.
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