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Archaeologia Cantiana Vol. 14 -1882  pages 91

APPLEDORE CHURCH.
By the Rev. E. M. Muriel

THIS Church, dedicated to St. Peter and St. Paul, is situated on the south-east side of the village, and stands on a knoll of ground. It consists of a nave; south aisle; chancel, with a chapel on either side; and a tower at the west end. There are four arches between the nave and aisle, supported by octagonal pillars, with plain though rather heavy-looking capitals, of Perpendicular character. The nave is lighted on the north side by four Decorated windows of two lights eachall perfect except one, which has lost its tracery and has a common wooden frame inserted instead. There are five windows in the aisle, three of which are similar to those in the nave; the other two are Perpendicular of three lights. The east window of the south chapel is also Perpendicular: on the south side of this chapel is another window, with a wooden frame in the place of its mullions and tracery. In the base of this window, under a foliated arch, is an ancient altar tomb, the front of which is 

sculptured with quatrefoil panels; the top is a slab of Bethersden marble, 7 feet 9 inches by 3 feet 2 inches, which in all probability sustained a sculptured effigy. There are no traces of an inscription nor indents of brass. In the spandrels of the foliated arch are quatrefoils with heads apparently of ecclesiastics; the whole is now thickly covered with whitewash. By the side of this tomb is a large trefoil-headed piscina, with very narrow stone shelf.
   Leaning against the east wall of the south chapel is an altar stone with two of its five crosses visible; it is broken at one end, and measures 5 feet 4 inches by 2 feet 8 inches. A Decorated screen separates the chapel from the south aisle. The Perpendicular rood screen also remains, and the stone corbels which supported the loft, the approach to which is still open on the south side. On each side of the

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