Well, I can certainly say this about England: there is no shorter of old ornate very old churches. This is the St. Mary’s in Natwich (means ‘vale of salt’ from Roman times) and although they started building it in 1286 it wasn’t finished till 1390 because somewhere in there (1349-1369) it got interrupted by the Black Death plague. That must have been a very horrible time. What the walls of this church could tell you if they could talk.
Although there was some work being done this gentleman invited us in and showed us proudly around. He was quite disappointed I wasn’t seeing it with all it needlework which was being stored due to the dust of construction activities.
That alter has an inscription from its donation in 1638 and probably was old then. The carved figures above relate to the crucifixion, the Virgin Mary, and St John along with the four patron saints of the UK: St.s George, Andrew, Patrick, and David (St. David is the Welsh one. Every first of March is St David’s Day or Dydd Dewi Sant).