Gooderstone Church
St. George's Church is remarkable in being a virtually unspoilt example of mediaeval architecture and fittings.
"Rose" Window in Porch

The TOWER is mainly 13th and 14th century, with no buttresses in its construction. It contains three bells, two dating from 1625 and the other from 1710.

Inside the church, the SOUTH AISLE CHAPEL is 14th century with 15th century benches. There are a few fragments of ancient glass, mainly in the east window, showing the Last Judgement. By the side of the ancient altar is a piscina or sink with credence shelf for communion vessels. The altar rails are Jacobean.

At the chancel arch stands the unique 15th century ROOD SCREEN which the architect Cautley describes as "one of the most remarkable in the country". It is 16 ft high and originally supported figures of Christ on the cross, probably with other figures of Mary and saints. The whole screen had been brightly painted and gilded, with delicately carved tracery setting off the pictorial panels. These show the 12 apostles, each with his emblem, his name above (now almost illegible) and an illuminated label from his mouth giving key clauses from the creed.

The details of the screen (from L to R) are:

Outline of traceried porch window

On the centre doors of the ROOD SCREEN are panels of the four Latin Doctors of the Church - St. Jerome shown in cardinals robes, Pope St. Gregory the Great who sent Augustine to England, St. Ambrose of Milan and St. Augustine of Hippo in Africa. Unfortunately, these figures have been defaced and are becoming illegible.

The CHANCEL is a fine example of the simple Early English style, with an unusually low floor level. On the right of the altar is a 12ft long stone sedilia on three levels, the unusual length of which suggests that a larger group of clergy than one would expect for a village church may have ministered here. This thought is supported by there being six 13th century priests' stalls.

The NAVE is dominated by imposing transomed Perpendicular windows on the north side and the two-decker Jacobean pulpit. However, most impressive are the benches - a wealth of 15th century mediaeval carved seats in almost original condition, except for mutilation of the statuettes at the pew-ends (probably at the time of the puritans) and 500 years of sheer wear and tear! The benches are beautifully worked with carved poppy-heads, traceried and pierced backs, and in the south aisle with recumbent human and animal figures.

At the rear of the nave is a fine 15th century FONT given by John Floke, a former vicar in 1446.

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Apostle Emblem Creed
Peter Keys Credo in Deum (I believe in God)
Andrew Cross saltire Et in Jesum (and in Jesus)
James the Great Pilgrim Qui conceptus (who was conceived)
John Cup and Serpent Passus sub (suffered under...)
Thomas Spear Descendit (he descended...)
James the Less Fuller's club Ascendit ad (he ascended into...)
Philip Three loaves Inde venturus (from thence he shall come)
Bartholomew Flaying knife Credo in Spiritum (I believe in the spirit)
Simon Two Fish Remissionem (the forgiveness...)
Jude Boat Resurrection carnis (the resurrection of the flesh)
Matthew Battleaxe Et vitam (aeternam) (and life (eternal))
Matthias No emblem Amen
The large 14th century SOUTH PORCH has unglazed circular windows of tracery in the Decorated style and stone benches on either side.