Averham St Michael and All Angels

Features and Fittings


Looking up at
the chancel roof


Barrel roof, painted in red, green, black, white and gold, installed in 1858.

Choir stalls

Back panelling , reader’s desk and vicar’s desk appear to be contemporary with the screen.

Reading desks

Two choir reading desks appear to be older. Each has an attached brass seven light lamp.


The screen divides chancel from the nave. It carries the quotation “If you love me fear my Commandments”. Thought to have been either installed or renovated in the C. Hodgson Fowler restoration of 1907.

Other Items


Two modern kneeling rails.
Wooden lectern.
Wooden seat and prie-dieu.
Low wooden altar rail with gap in the middle.
Modern wooden altar, with wooden chest underneath.
Piscina with fluted drainage hole.
Tiled black and red floor.



Two pictures flank the screen. The one on the right is a Virgin and Child, possibly a copy of part of a Murillo painting in Dresden museum.


Wooden beamed roof, stained brown; end beams supported by stone corbels (fourteen in total – motifs including foliage, heads, green man and angels). Roof installed in 1858.

Carved heads
and capital
Green man
Woman corbel Angel corbel Simple corbel


Two Hatchments, flanking the arch into the tower on the west wall.

The one to the south of the arch has a black field with ermine, on a chief indented azure three griffins’ heads erased or (Chaplin) impaling argent, a canton sable (Sutton). Crest a griffin’s head erased argent, ducally gorged or. Motto “As God Will”. Hatchment of Rev Robert Chaplin, died 1837, married Anne Georgiana Sutton.

The one to the north has a white/black field, Chaplin impaling Sutton as in above. Crest a cherub’s head. Motto “As God Will”. Hatchment of Mrs Anne Georgiana Chaplin, daughter of Sir Richard Sutton, 1st bart., wife of Rev R Chaplin, died before 1837.


Octagonal, stone of plain design, with carved wooden cover.


Nineteen fixed pews, dating from 1907 restoration.

One free-standing non-matching pew.

Other Items

Wooden pulpit.

Stone floor.

Under Tower

Two boards listing the Ten Commandments.

One Royal Coat of Arms.


Jacobean communion table.