December 13 – A walk round the corner to All Saints Church, Hacheston

Nursing a cold

Hello from 1066 – A Medieval Mosaic

It was a really cold day and so given how bad my cold was we decided to stay home for most of the day. In the afternoon the lure of 2 geocaches within 200 metres became too much for me and we walked up the road to get them. There is a rather lovely village sign up on the corner of the road and we found the cache there without any problems. The Church micro at All Saints church was another story.

The church had a 15th-century octagonal font which was damaged by iconoclast ‘Basher Dowsing‘ in 1643. Dowsing was appointed to destroy monuments of idolatry and superstition including representations of angels (a particular obsession of Dowsing’s), rood lofts, holy water stoups, and images in stone, wood and glass. Dowsing carried out his work in 1643–44 by visiting over 250 churches. He charged each church a noble, a third of a pound, for his services. Dowsing is unique amongst those who committed iconoclasm during this period because he left a journal recording much of what he did, with many detailed entries.

All Saints also has three C.E.Kempe stained glass windows including a First World War Memorial by Kempe and Tower. The church has some really impressive tapestry kneelers. It also has a singing gallery and a funerary hatchment for the Archdecknes family. The Decalogue, or Ten Commandments, was ordered by Elizabeth I to be displayed in all parish churches shortly after the Reformation and this is the first of many which we have found in Suffolk. The church also has an early 17th-century wooden pulpit, a hammer beam nave roof with carved cornice and some 15th-century poppyheads.

The geocache was a traditional cache and it was just a short walk up the road but although we got to the right hint object we were just totally unable to find the cache. Maybe it has been muggled. I contacted the CO and they are going to check as it would be sad not to get a church micro that is so close to where we are staying.