The WEST END of the nave.... (above)
....used to have a gallery before the north aisle
was built in 1875. It still has two interesting memorials to members of the
RICH FAMILY. To the right of the arch is the memorial to "Sir Edwin Rich whoe
loved the poor". He died in 1675,
but his advice is still sound today:
speake to God as if men heard your talke
lyve with men as if God sawe your walke.
The poem refers to the stone 'hour-glass' that
rests on the book above the monument, which has recently been restored. Sir Edwin was one of the Lords of the Manor
of Mulbarton, and the Rich Charity which
he founded still helps needy people in the village.
To the left of the arch, on the wall near the
main door to the church, is a memorial to his father that was moved from the
old north wall of the church. This
is to another Sir Edwin Rich, who bought the Manor of Mulbarton and died in
1651. This memorial reminds us of the fruits of the Spirit:
Faith, Peace, Hope, Charitie, Humilitie, Love
A tablet to the left of the arch tells us about
another charity - the Bennett's Bread Charity. When Benjamin Bennett of
Swardeston died in 1879, he left £100 for the Minister and Churchwardens to
invest and use the dividends to provide poor inhabitants of the Parish with
bread during the winter months. But the investment now produces barely enough
for one large loaf a year.