May 9 – An Afternoon of Geocaching around Grundisburgh, Hasketon and Charsfield

One More Church Micro

Hello from 1066 – A Medieval Mosaic

We haven’t got many days left in Hacheston now so we decided to go to Grundisburgh which is very close by but we haven’t been there before except one night when we drove through after dar when the A12 was closed. There wasn’t a church micro at the church but we decided to go for a look anyway. We parked the car right beside the Old School which was very impressive looking. It is now apartments. St Mary’s church is a Grade I listed building which dates from about 1300.  It has a lovely rectangular sundial on the outside wall as well as some wonderful flint flushwork decorated with coats of arms, crowns, a lily in a vase and crowned initials. The church has a fine nine bay Suffolk hammer-beam roof where the lower beams terminate in carved angel bosses and a rare wall painting of St Christopher dating from the 14th-century. There are some other medieval wall paintings and some lovely carved bench ends. The octagonal font has seated lions on the base and flowers below the bowl and angels and lions alternately on the panels. The roof had some lovely corbels showing crowned figures with shields of the Awall family and the City of London. There are two rood screen, the five-panel gilded rood screen which separates the nave from the chancel was restored in 1967 and there is another, not restored at the entrance to the chapel where the William Hill and Son painted pipe organ is situated. There is a wonderfully quilted altar frontal in felted wool and a garter banner of Sir Bertram Francis, appointed Knight of the Garter, 1948 – 1964. There are also eleven ledger stone to the Blois family. There was a geocache in the churchyard somewhere though not a church micro but the hint and the coordinates did not match up and despite a long look we were unable to find it.

Next, we went to St Andrews church in Hasketon. We have been there before but had been unable to find the church micro so we went back for another look because other people had been finding the cache. We looked for ages, up and down, around a tree and around the lych gate and various signs but after over half an hour we still had not found the cache so, in the end, we had to admit defeat.

Since we were having second tries we returned to St Peter’s in Charsfield for the third time. it looked like we weren’t going to find it this time either, I certainly wasn’t but Mike had more luck and found it quickly somewhere I should have looked. A smiley face at last. I am not sure that I have been in this church before as it is a busy church and there always seems to be something on. It had a lovely altar with a Decalogue behind it in white and a lovely embroidered altar frontal of St Peter. There are some lovely bench ends including a special one of a man with his feet in stocks. There were four very nice shields for renowned gentlemen from Charsfield. Suffolk Church Micros – yellow dots are caches foundEssex Church Micros – yellow dots are caches found

So we managed to get one more church micro for our visit to Suffolk and as you can see from the maps below we have found a lot of the Suffolk Church Micros especially on the East side and quite a few at the top of Essex. These have taken us to 235th in the Chruch Micro ranking for the entire country.

Suffolk Church Micros – yellow dots are caches found

Essex Church Micros – yellow dots are caches found