Long Melford, Suffolk

At The Great Church of the Holy Trinity, there is an example of three rabbits, each with two ears, but having only three ears all together in the 15C(?) stained glass, over the north door at the bottom of a window with a Pieta. It is apparently a circular fragment of a larger piece of glass; the present piece is perhaps 5" or 6" in diameter - being about 12' off the ground makes it hard to estimate. Christopher Sansbury, the Rector, wrote on 3 Jun 1996 that the motif is common on the east side of Dartmoor and that it may have been brought to Suffolk by the Martyn family c1500. He later said it is old glass, older than the church, which was completed in 1484, but no more specific date is known for it, though some items in the church are dated back to c1350 and there was a church on the site from at least 1050. There is a colour postcard available (Jarrold & Sons, Norwich, no. CKLMC 6), and there is a colour picture in the Church guide book [Jarrold Colour Publications, Norwich, 1984, no. 284AS] and one can buy a glass paperweight with the picture in it. The pattern is interpreted as an emblem of the Trinity. In a further letter, he referred me to Chagford, North Bovey and Widecombe. In the same Church is a 15C stained glass window at the west end of the north side showing Elizabeth Talbot, Duchess of Norfolk, which is said to be the model for Tenniel's illustration of the ugly Duchess in Alice and seems unmistakably so to me [colour photo in the Church guide book; thanks to A. M. Arthurs and Richard Crossley for previously telling me of this].

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At the east end of the church is a separate Lady Chapel, used as a school from 1670 to the early 19C. Under the north window of the east end is a twelve times table painted on the wall, about 3 ft square, dating from perhaps c1800 [described but not illustrated in the Church guide book].

At Kentwell Hall in Long Melford, Randall Coate and Adrian Fisher designed and constructed a three coloured brick pavement maze in 1985. It is based on a Tudor Rose with the unusual feature that it has 15 sepals used as locations for a 'board game' using live players in Tudor costume. It has five unicursal labyrinths which can be viewed as a three dimensional maze. Further there is a chess/draughts board in the middle of the maze. It is thought to be the world's largest brick pavement maze. [Pennick, pp.167-168. Fisher, pp.123, 152 & 155, with colour photo on p.123.]

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