an original Norman corbel table (now, sadly, whitewashed!) and Norman string courses.
The c13 font is an unusual one. The nave roof was reconstructed in 1737, re-using earlier timbers. It has a remarkable series of wooden bosses that, when photographed using a zoom lens, reveal comic designs, brightly painted. How old these bosses are, I do not know.
Both chancel arch capitals are excellent, but it is not stretching it to say that the one on the north side is remarkable. Here we see two mounted knights (although only one horse is visible). To left and right of them are Romanesque buildings - whether it is intended to be one or two is open to question. The Church Guide (following Pevsner) describe this as “two knights and a castle”. This, it seems to me, is breathtakingly simplistic! To start with, the building (or two buildings) do not look like castles at all. To the left we see towers with conical tops. To the right more of the same plus a dome. There is no evidence that they are castles - but whatever they are, they are most certainly NOT representations of anything in Norman England! Norman castles were mainly wooden “motte and bailey” designs and, where they were of stone, they were square as at, for example, the Tower of London. There most certainly was no tradition of domes in Western European architecture at this time. This was the preserve of first the Greeks, then the Romans and latterly the Byzantines. No English builders knew how to build a dome. For more, please follow this link :Early Church Design
What we are surely seeing is a representation of Byzantine buildings, perhaps even of the Temple Mount in Jerusalem? So who are the knights? It is likely that they were Crusaders, in my view. The First Crusade was during the period 1096-1099, fitting quite nicely with the early c12 date of the Wakerley nave. Although most of the crusaders departed from France, there was a goodly contingent from Norman Italy. Does the capital owe its design to the accounts of a returning crusader? Even more intriguing is the depiction of two knights and only one horse. This is a symbol of the Knights Templar who were founded in the Holy Land in 1118. There is no known connection between the Templars and Wakerley so perhaps this symbolism was an unconscious one. All this is speculation. Every way you look at it, however, there is much more to this than the Church Guide implies! make up your own minds.
Despite the changes, the restorations and the preservations, Wakerley Church is still pleasantly proportioned and satisfying aesthetically. For its collection of unusual features and, in particular, its chancel arch capitals it is a little gem.