Angle – St Mary’s church

History

   The present church of St. Mary comes from the late 13th or early 14th century. It is known that at the beginning of the thirteenth century, Angle’s parson was Gerald of Wales. He had to intervene in the dispute because some parishioners refused to pay tithing. At that time, most of the village’s population was Flemish, brought by William the Conqueror. The Flemings on the north side of the port were exempt from giving wool as tithing, but those who were not dismissed refused to pay and were subsequently excommunicated.
   In the nineteenth century, the church underwent a thorough Victorian renovation. In the course of it, due to the deplorable condition, the southern transept was dismantled.
 

Architecture

   The church erected in the fourteenth century on the cruciform plan, consisted of a chancel, nave, north transept and a porch. Originally, the now non-existent, south transept also adjoined the temple. The western tower was built at the end of the 15th century or around 1500. In its south-western part there is a staircase, and the whole is topped with a parapet and battlement on protruding corbels. The Norman baptismal font has survived from the original equipment of the church.

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bibliography:
Website monktonrectorialbenefice.org.uk, St Mary the Virgin, Angle.