(A brief pen-portrait of the
The South Transept is of the same
period as the North but has less ornate arcading which suggests ‘overlap’. The
arcading of the West wall differs in style from that opposite. The former was,
of course, an outer wall before the South Aisle was widened. It is interesting
to note that one pillar here is rectangular. The string-course has largely been
restored, although there are sections of the original to be seen. Apart from
the large three-light south window there are three smaller, single light, clear
glass windows. This transept was restored in 1868. In late 1973 and early 1974
plaster board was fitted over the old wattle and daub ceiling. ‘This work cost
£370 plus V.A.T.. Three (and sometimes four) young men were employed on this
work with scaffolding erected throughout the transept. The mess they made had
to be seen to be believed. What a contrast to Joseph Taylor and the work done
on the north transept! Needless to say, the covering down of the organ was
vital, but the high density of dust caused considerable anxiety. Whilst
clearing debris from a high ledge a clay pipe belonging to a workman of former
times was found. Unfortunately it was dropped from the scaffolding. Similar to
the slate pencils reputed to have been used in the North Transept such treasures
as clay pipes have all but disappeared!
The organ now occupying one third
of this transept came from Coventry: it was bought second-hand and re-built in
1903. In 1961 it was again completely re-built at a cost, of £1,200, the money
being raised from amongst parishioners in various ways, including a Talent
Scheme. This work was done during the incumbency of the Reverend J. W.
Henderson, A.K.C. Those who were responsible for the siting of this organ were
presented with something of a dilemma. The previous instrument stood in the
Chancel. A water-colour painting in the possession of the Church confirms this.
The position of the present organ detracts from the spaciousness of this area
of the building and precludes light entering the space about the Chancel step.
Although there are references to organs in Britain as long ago as the 10th
century, they were not generally found in parish churches. In an ancient church
there invariably appears evidence of the difficulty of accommodating an organ.
The floor of this transept is
fairly extensively covered with red tiles with black marginal design. These red
tiles are laid on either side of a wide band of finely cut quarried stone
placed east to west. At the south end of the transept are four tomb slabs most
probably in their original position, and one has a brass, reading:—