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A history of Halesworth, Suffolk, UK, through the ages.

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Volume 2



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19th Century Restorations 

A scheme for restoring the Church of St. Mary was proposed in 1858 with a Mr Jeckell mentioned as the architect on the tender. The work was undertaken by Francis and Francis of London, who in 1868 added the South outer Aisle and rebuilt the South Porch. They also installed a benching scheme.

The North outer Aisle had been built in 1822 and this was demolished and the North and Outer North Aisles were rebuilt in 1869, with the former Lady Chapel of the Argentein Family being rebuilt and enlarged. In 1889 the Nave and Chancel were re-roofed and the Clerestory windows renewed. A new chancel arch was erected to replace the original one of the Decorated period, and the interior of the Nave was restored all at a cost of 2,000.

Finally the galleries came down and so opened up the view through the double aisles, adding extra light into the Nave, and at the same time an organ was erected at a cost of 500 in place of the one formerly in the West Gallery which had already been removed to a position north of the Chancel. A choir organ was presented by Mrs Percy Warwick in 1894. Although the original East Window of the South Chapel of Decorated period tracery was retained, the five-light Perpendicular Chancel East Window was renewed.

The St. Loye or St. Louis Chapel was furnished in memory of James and Fanny Parry in 1920, and refurnished as the Lady Chapel in 1977. The former Lady Chapel, which was built by the Argentein Family is now the Choir Vestry,  and the North Transept Chantry Chapel, which was dissolved at the Reformation, now forms part of the North Aisle with the pillars each side showing by the flat face where a stone partition wall had formerly stood.

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