Church of St John the Baptist,  Snape,  IP17 1QW

 

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Snape Bridge       

 

font, c.1500

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The Church is in the north of the village, at the A1094 crossroads, marked on our Map 1 with letter "J".

 

The earliest recorded incumbent of Snape was Sir William de Rurcham whose appointment was in 1240.  There have been many internal as well as external alterations and restorations since then.  The most recent of significance have been the rebuilding of the East wall in 1920, and the installation of a new organ together with improvements to the balcony and vestry at the millennium. 

 

The treasure of the church, despite some mutilation in the past, is undoubtedly the font (pictured below), which was made around 1500 and was at one time gilded. 

 

Visitors are also attracted by the East window, designed and made in 1920 by Mary Lowndes — it carries, in its lower middle panel, a representation of Snape Bridge, as it then was, with a Thames barge in the foreground (pictured far left). 

 

"Mary Lowndes (1857–1929) was ... an influential leader in the Arts and Crafts movement, not only for her stained glass work and successful studio-workshop, but also for opening doors for other women stained glass artists.  She was an active participant in the suffragette movement, acting as Chair of the Artists' Suffrage League, and creating poster art to assist the movement."  — Wikipedia

 

Visitors from all over the world, as the entries to the visitors’ book indicate, come to Snape Church.  They and those who follow them, whether local residents or holiday-makers, are most welcome whether they come to services or merely to enjoy the calm and peace of their surroundings.  The Church is open to visitors during daylight hours.

 

See here about parochial life today.

Other local medieval Churches include the following —

ALDE RIVER BENEFICE CHURCHES  
         (All churches are within 5 miles/8km of Snape Bridge.) ©Sfk  
              W3W Chs  
St John the Baptist   Snape Farnham Road/Church Road corner IP17   1QW map info ⬇︎
St Mary's   Benhall Deadmans Lane IP17   1JL map info  
St Peter's   Blaxhall Church Road IP12   2DW map info  
St Mary's   Farnham Church Hill IP17   1LA map info  
All Saints   Great Glemham The Street IP17   2DA map info  
St Andrew's   Little Glemham Church Road IP13   0BH map info  
St Mary Magdalene   Sternfield Church Hill IP17   1RS map info  
                   
REDUNDANT 1992, now a private residence            
St Andrew's   Stratford St Andrew Great Glemham Road IP17   1LJ map info