I did like this notice that I found in the Lavenham church porch. N'er a truer word spoken in jest and all that! One thing that I did notice is that many of the Suffolk churches we saw went in for these stonking great porches plonked on the front. The tiny museum at Woolpit informed me that the room above the porch is called a parva and was a multi purpose space sometimes used for storage or even living in.
Now SS Peter and Paul's church is nothing if not attention seeking. The people who stumped up for it wanted you to admire their legacy and not forget them. If you squint you can just about make out that there are a series of stars on the tower. These are for John de Vere, 13th Earl of Oxford who was one of the primary benefactors. The other were the three generations of the Spring family who have no less than 32 displays of their coat of arms on the parapet! They were by all accounts wool "barons" and incredibly rich. The reminders of their contribution to the building of the church don't just end there either.
This wooden carved "thingy" inside is called a parclose and was made in the memory of Thomas Spring who died on 29th June 1523. This fellow was a "rich clothier" who left money in his will for the steeple to be finished. Priests would have sung a daily requiem mass in it for his departed soul. His widow Alice appointed the finest craftsmen of the day to create it. Looking at their work one wonders what their brief was..... it must above all contain strange beasts with protruding tongues and pulling of said protrusions?!!