There are lots of interesting details both inside and out at St Mary's Stebbing. We have photographed some highlights here.
Stained glass window in the North isle
This window was paid for by Henry De Vere Stacpoole (9 April 1863 – 12 April 1951), Author of 'The Blue Lagoon', who lived in the cottage in front of the church.
A section of the original Rood Screen
The Victorians rebuilt the Rood Screen. The church is littered with chunks of the original screen.
The Church Clock
The inside workings of the church clock, built in 1721.
The makers plate on the clock
This plate details the maker, date and location where the clock was made.
Inner works of the clock
The cogs have turned since 1721.
This board details a historic bell ringing event. It is located inside the bell ringing chamber in the tower of the church.
Graffiti on a pillar
Many of the church pillars have graffiti carved into them. The stars may date to the English civil war, and the writing above this one is dated 1669.
The church organ
The church organ was installed in the 1890s. It is still used regularlly.
The Lentern vale
This block sits on the wall of the chancel, in line with the communion rail. It would have once held a curtain that would screen off the high altar from the rest of the church. It is very rare that artefacts such as this have survived until today as much of this was removed and destroyed during the reformation.
The roll of Honour
Here you can see the names of Stebbing residents who died in the two world wars.
This painting sits on the wall at the front of the north isle. The painting is a reproduction, recreated from a photo. The original was stolen from the church in the late 1980s.
17th Century plaques
These plaques date from the 17th Century and are quite rare.
Medieval wall painting
Pre-reformation, the church walls would have been covered with Medieval wall paintings such as this. Very little now remains. The text is a passage from the Bible.
Model of the Church
This model of the church recreates both the inside and outside of the church from the 19th Century in amazing detail.
Stoop in the porch
This stoop, now broken, would once have held holy water.
South Aisle window
This window has one of the few remaining pieces of medeval stained glass.
This window in the vestry has been heavily modified at some point in it's history.