St Mary Magdalene & St Andrew

Pews and organ in St Mary Magdalene & St Andrew

The church of St Mary Magdalene & St Andrew at Ridlington is an impressive building for such a quiet village; it consists of west tower, nave, north & south aisles, and chancel.

Most of the building dates from the 13th century; the tower in its present form dates from abount a century later.

Extensive restoration in 1860 left little older work remaining save the chancel arch, nave arcades, clearstory and tower, thus the history is difficult to follow. The 1860 work by a Henry Parsons of London consisted of rebuilding the aisles and chancel and replacing all the fittings, including the erection of new roofs throughout. In 1887 a new porch was erected, and in 1903 the upper part of the tower was rebuilt.

The font is modern, replacing one which was described in 1860 as "so much mutilated as to be useless." The new one has a bowl of triangular shape, with curved sides, supported on marble shafts with moulded capitals and bases.

The plate consists of a cup and cover paten of 1571, a paten and flagon of 1709-10 given by Richard Watts and a fluted paten or small alms dish of 1637-8, originally having two handles, but one now missing.

There are four bells, a treble by Taylor of Loughborough added in 1911 to a former ring of three, which had been recast, also by John Taylor & Co 1903.

There are also memorials to Edward Cheselden (d. 1688) and other members of the Cheselden family (1725-1815), and to eight men of the parish who fell in the War of 1914-19.

A case containing a bassoon, fiddle, two oboes and a flute, which were in use until 1860, was placed at the west end of the church in 1923. The royal arms of Queen Victoria are in the vestry.

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