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Norfolk, Loddon & Clavering District, Haddiscoe, Parish Information, 1861

Document Reference: Refurbishment of parish church

Transcribed by: Janelle Penney
Date Added: January 29, 2002

Beccles & Bungay Weekly News 15 October 1861
Page 4, column 5
From microfilm supplied by the British Library Newspaper Library.


Re-opening Of The Church.
On Tuesday 8th October, the ancient Church of Haddiscoe was re-opened after a thorough restoration. The Union Jack floating gracefully from the tower proclaimed to the surrounding neighbourhood that something unusual was taking place in this generally quiet village; and accordingly at about two o'clock p.m. the bells rang out a merry peal to summon the inhabitants to the service with which their church was to be re-opened, after being closed
for the last four months. But it was not only the parishioners of Haddiscoe who joined in celebrating this joyful occasion. Long before three o'clock, the time appointed for the service, the churchyard was filled by an eager crowd who quickly occupied every available sitting, when the doors were at last thrown open.

We noticed among those present, besides the Lord Bishop of the Diocese, the Venerable Archdeacon BOUVERIE, the Rev Abbott UPCHER (the Rural Dean), the Reverends F. CUBITT, W. BOYCOTT, A. BOYCOTT, D.H. LEIGHTON, F. GOODWIN, G. JESSEP, W. BROWN, G. BARROW, J.G. BRISCOE, J.C. WRIGHT, J. FARR, A.O. HARTLEY, C.F. TARVER etc There was also present --- The Hon C. POWLET; Admiral and Mrs EDEN from Gillingham Hall; W.E. CROWFOOT, Esq., and Mrs CROWFOOT of Beccles; Thomas BOULTON, Esq., and Mrs BOULTON, of Thames Ditton; Thomas WOODS, Esq., Mrs COLMAN, and the Misses MADDEL, of Toft Monks; Frederick GRIMMER, Esq., and Samuel GRIMMER, Esq., of Norwich; W. THURTELL, Esq., of Ely; and many others.

Precisely at three o'clock the officiating clergy left the vestry, and the service commenced. The prayers were most impressively read by the Rev W. TALMAN, the rector; the first lesson by the Rural Dean, the sermon by the Lord Bishop, from Matthew xviii., 19 and 20: "Again I say unto you that if two of you shall agree as touching anything they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven: For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there I am in the midst of them" - who with his usual eloquence enlarged upon the duty and privilege of united prayer, and ended by a touching appeal to the congregation to remember both pastor and people at the throne of grace; and while they assisted them in the completion of their pious work, not to forget that they had the power of bestowing what was indeed better than silver or gold - their prayers.

Mrs TALMAN presided at the harmonium, and conducted the musical part of the service. The psalms and hymns were appropriate to the occasion, and were sung with unusual fervour - indeed too much credit cannot be given to those who, in so short a time, have brought the psalmody to such perfection, as is seldom found in our small rural parishes. Both the Rector and H.S. GRIMMER, Esq., entertained large parties at luncheon before the service. The sun
shone out brilliantly during the whole day, an emblem, we trust, of the blessing which will attend this second dedication of this ancient house of prayer, and nothing whatever occurred to mar the enjoyment of a day which will long be remembered by the parishioners of Haddiscoe as one of the most interesting they have ever spent.

This church is well-known to archaeologists as containing some very curious remains of Norman architecture. The chancel and the greater portion of the church are of a later date. The plans for restoration were given by Mr Thos. JECKYL, architect, of Norwich, and the taste with which they have been carried out cannot be too highly recommended. The seats throughout, as well as the pulpit and desk, are of pine, stained and varnished. The work
was very creditably executed by Mr WOODROFE, of Beccles. Any one who saw this church but a few months ago will best appreciate what has been done. Those who originated and carried out this good work can require no commendation from us, the satisfaction they must feel in seeing its completion will be their highest reward; but we cannot forbear to mention the exertions that have been made by the rector, and the way in which he has been seconded throughout by Messrs Henry and George GRIMMER, the churchwardens, who spared neither trouble nor expense in this restoration, and have now the pleasure of feeling that they have been the means of rendering their parish church more suitable to the worship of Almighty God than it had been for centuries before, and of offering to their poorer neighbours the most ample and comfortable accommodation. We heartily commend their examples to the authorities of a neighbouring parish, where it has long been notorious that the arrangement in the interior of the church practically exclude the bulk of the poor from attendance on the means of grace.

The collection amounted to 39 Pounds 16 Shillings 6 Pence; amongst the principal contributors were - the Rector, Sir Edmund BACON, H.S. GRIMMER, Esq., Frederick GRIMMER, Esq., Samuel GRIMMER, Esq., George GRIMMER, Esq., and the Provost and Fellows of King's College, Cambridge, patrons of the living.
--By one of the congregation.

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