In many of the country churches I visit they are simply screened by a bit of curtain, others have doors, and some churches don't appear to have a vestry at all.
This particular church was built in 1363, but was badly damaged during the Civil War, the small portion which remains was restored in 1889.
I have a healthy curiosity so I needed to know what lay beyond the curtained door, I took a peep... and I am so pleased that I did. This is the most interesting vestry I have seen.
A small fireplace, for the vicar to warm himself by, a mirror to check his appearance, and a holy statue. It all seems so right, so well used. There was even an old kettle - necessary for making that reviving cup of tea.
A lot of junk was in there too, bits and pieces used throughout the church year.
I took my photograph and left, but this small room was the nicest part of the church, it had a wonderful atmosphere. The main part of the church was beautifully furnished, sumptuous even, but it felt empty
I also enjoy exploring right around the churchyards - this little door leads directly into the vestry, what a beauty.
This next vestry is in another small country church located on a hill, just above a tiny hamlet and adjacent to a fine country estate. Outside, the churchyard monuments show just how wealthy some of the parishioners were.
Hidden behind a curtain ... two safes...perhaps one was for the Parish Registers and the other for church plate. It was a junked up, messy kind of area again and that is exactly how it felt. The interior of the main church shows that lots of money has been spent on it - and yet it does not have the feel of a well-loved church.
This monument is in the vestry - hidden, forgotten, dirty, dusty and covered in cobwebs. So sad.
The chancel of the church dates from before 1384, with many additions over the years.
Regrettably, the church was "restored" by the Victorians.
Perhaps that accounts for the loss of atmosphere.
How about this cute, if somewhat dangerous, little staircase which leads to the bell tower.
This wonderful Norman arch reputedly comes from the ruins of nearby Calceby church - a recycled archway!
I still haven't found a church which can match All Saints' Church at Saltfleetby - but I shall continue looking.