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The Screen

The Screen is all that remains of an elaborate and richly carved Rood Screen of the fifteenth century. There is stylised carving of grapes and vine along its top, recalling the words of Christ “l am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.”

The actual Rood (an image of Christ on the cross) was, during the Middle Ages and probably until the Reformation, supported on a beam, which rested on the head corbels about half way up the Chancel Arch. In front of this, there was once a Rood Loft (a sort of platform, or gallery), which was used on festival days for the reading of the Epistle and the Gospel, and to accommodate the Choir. It was supported by a beam, which stretched across the body of the Church. Traces of this arrangement can still be seen. On the North wall is a small doorway below the outline of another. The upper doorway led out into the Rood Loft, and was reached via a spiral staircase in the wall from the lower one. Between the two doorways can be seen a stone corbel depicting an angel bearing a scroll; this, together with a similar corbel opposite (by the window on the South wall) supported the beam under the Rood Loft.