Exploring the most Picturesque & Historic parts of England
Cotterstock is a village on the River Nene about 1.5 miles downstream of Oundle. The church is reached by going down a tree lined avenue. An effigy of St Andrew sits in a niche half way up the West tower, with a grotesque figure underneath the niche. The doorway on the west tower is re-set and dates from the 12th Century, making this the earliest surviving part of the church. Both tower and porch are castellated with three animal figures over the top of the porch. The figure at the apex of the porch is leashed with all three baying at the sky. These figures are by no means uncommon with similar seen on the porch at Yaxley and on the tower at Glatton. Some finely carved gargoyles are to be seen on the south wall of the nave, their eyes being upturned towards heaven The church was extended in 1876, and I would think that these gargoyles might have been added at that time. The four bells in the west tower were all made by prolific local bell founder Henry Penn, and are all dated 1708. A lovely inscription on the fourth bell reads..."I to the church the living call and to the grave do svme and all" H.H 1708. See Peterborough Churchcrawler for further information.
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Canon Canon EOS 70D Focal length: 18 mm, Aperture: f 9.9, ISO: 200 Exposure time: 1/320 sec
Date/Time Creation: October 12, 2014, 10:25 am
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