Bardfield Saling, The Bardfields (4) Location map
 
  View of the church of St. Peter and St. Paul, Bardfield Saling, Essex,  England   Bardfield Saling.

Bardfield Saling is about 4-5 miles south of Great Bardfield. The church of St. Peter and St. Paul dates from the early part of the 14th century and is one of only 6 in Essex with round towers.

Many buildings have been built with walls of flint set in mortar but something stronger is needed at the corners where two walls meet. A typical flint church would have stone blocks forming the corners of the main body of the church. It cost money to bring this stone from a distance, and to have it cut to shape and so it was cheaper to build the church tower without any expensive stone corners by making it round.

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  View of the screen, Bardfield Saling, Essex,  England   Bardfield Saling.

This 14th century wooden screen was moved to this church in the 19th century, don't know where from, and at one time used as a reredos.

 

 

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  View of corn weaving in the church of St. Peter and St. Paul, Bardfield Saling, Essex, England   Bardfield Saling.

The amazing decorative straw-plaiting, or corn weaving, in these cases was the work of some of the parishioners and was done in 1880 for the altar.

 

 

 

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  Photograph of the church of St. Peter and St. Paul, Bardfield Saling, Essex, England   Bardfield Saling.

A 14th century Piscina built into the wall of the church. In the pre-Reformation English Parish Church part of the service required the ritual washing of vessels and most altars had a piscina beside them which was a basin with a drain set in the wall. Water was poured from a jug over the vessels to wash them and the water then drained away into sanctified ground in the churchyard.

 

 

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