St Margaret, Stratton Strawless

The church contains two very grand memorials to the Marsham family, complete with life-size effigies. Whilst the figures themselves are impressive, it is the eerily accurate carvings of skulls and bones at the base of Thomas Marsham’s memorial that I found most captivating. The level of detail is uncanny and their macabre message undeniable.  ​

In the 1830s much of the church’s interior was remodelled in the Gothic style. During these works, the life-sized effigy of a woman was discovered walled up in the tower. Referred to as the Black Abbess, the effigy is believed to date from the 13th century and to depict a widow of the crusades holding a heart. 

There is also some very striking tile work that is hidden by the alter curtain but well worth taking a sneaky peek at. 

1. St Margaret, Stratton Strawless
2. St Margaret, Stratton Strawless
3. NR10 5LN - Stratton Strawless
4. Thomas Marsham’s memorial detail
5. Thomas Marsham’s memorial detail
6. Thomas Marsham’s memorial
7. Font top
8. Thomas Marsham’s memorial detail
9. St Margaret, Stratton Strawless
10. St Margaret, Stratton Strawless
11. Altar detail
12. St Margaret, Stratton Strawless
13. Altar tiles
14. Altar angels
15. Marsham family memorial
16. East window
17.  The Black Abbess,
18. St Margaret, Stratton Strawless
19. Nave looking west
20. Rood screen detail
21. St Margaret, Stratton Strawless
22. St Margaret, Stratton Strawless
23. St Margaret, Stratton Strawless
24. West tower
25. St Margaret, Stratton Strawless