Inside St James's Church, Draycot Cerne

Recent Photograph of Inside St James's Church (Draycot Cerne)

Inside fittings are nearly all of a period, Gothic, and earliest Victorian with matching panelling. Unusually the chancel is lower than the nave - I mean the floor actually, three steps lower. The nave floor also seems to slope slightly towards the chancel arch. The tower is completely filled by the organ.

A collection of monuments in the north chapel, the usual swagger of the local gentry. A dark brown pedestal supports a sleeping child - Adelaide Cowley d.1843.

More interesting in the chancel is a tomb recess with a cross-legged knight, a grand early 16th century tomb chest north of the altar, and if you move the mat in the centre of the chancel you will see Sir Edward Cerne d.1393 and his widow d.1419 holding hands in a good memorial brass.

(Information provided by Phil Draper)

Image contributed by Phil Draper on 3rd March 2007.
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