Layer upon layer of …

East Shefford, Berkshire, originally uploaded by Vitrearum.medieval wallpaintings. The tiny church of East Shefford in Berkshire, now in the care of the Churches Conservation Trust has some fascinating wallpaintings in the nave. The east wall of the nave around the thirteenth century chancel arch, has two distinct phases of wallpaintings. The chancel arch cuts through... Continue Reading →

St Michael panel at South Cove

South Cove, Suffolk, St Lawrence, originally uploaded by Tudor Barlow.As I was surfing around on Flickr I came across Gil Barlow's lovely photo of the St Michael panel at South Cove in Suffolk. The painted panel dates from the last quarter of the fifteenth century and fills the former entrance to the rood loft. The... Continue Reading →

Chancel of Coates

Coates by Stow, Lincolnshire, originally uploaded by Vitrearum.A response to the enquiry by Canon Tallis about the seating of the chancel at Coates. As you can see there is nothing to suggest the medieval seating arrangements here. The back of the screen is traceried and there is no evidence of returned stalls facing east. Even... Continue Reading →

Comment moderation

St Michael, originally uploaded by Simon_K.I've decided to cease moderating comments on this blog. Mostly because I'm very slow at moderating them and I'm sure this must cause you all frustration. Also because I feel, given the gentility of the readership, it is highly unlikely that I will get a scurilous comment!The photograph is taken... Continue Reading →

Coates by Stow – a few more photos.

This view of the church from the south was taken by Tudor Barlow. The simple two-cell plan is evident, the south door with its zigzag ornament revealing that the church is essentially Norman. Notice also the tiny little two-light window that illuminates the rood stair.There are one or two fragments of medieval glass in the... Continue Reading →

Time stood still…

... at Coates-by-Stow in Lincolnshire.The church of St Edith Coates-by-Stow appears to have avoided the notice of the sixteenth century reformers and has preserved it's pre-Reformation fittings more-or-less intact.It's in a fairly isolated spot, with only a farm for company, so it's perhaps no surprise it is so well preserved. There is nothing particularly fancy... Continue Reading →

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