My flesh in hope doth rest

I recently came across these two lovely inscriptions, both in Lincolnshire Churches.  The first at Lusby on the Lincolnshire Wolds and the second is at Kettlethorpe close to the border with Nottinghamshire.  The Lusby inscription once formed part of the memorial to Katherine Palfreyman, wife of a wool merchant Anthony Palfreyman, who acquired the manor of... Continue Reading →

Skelton stiff leaf

Shortly after writing my recent post on stiff-leaf and posting a photo of the stiff leaf on the doorway at Skelton St Giles near York, I came across the following article. weathered south door of this excellent and complete Early English building, has been restored by a York firm called Lanstone and they have one a... Continue Reading →

Malvern Link

I'm grateful to a Facebook friend Julie Allsopp, who has recently taken the following photos of the once glorious conventual chapel of the Holy Name at Malvern Link in Worcestershire.  This chapel, dating from 1893 is an early work by Bucknall and Comper. The community of the Holy Name moved to Derby in 1990 and the building has subsequently been used for other purposes. ... Continue Reading →

Lovely, lovely stiff leaf

'Early English capitals are not so much diversified as Norman. When foliage is introduced it is placed upon the bell of the capital; the leaves usually have stiff stalks rising from the neck of the bell, hence called technically "stiff-leaf foliage," but almost always stand out very boldly, and with great freedom, so as to... Continue Reading →

Shadows of Former Things Part III

Site of a former side altar at Glentham in Lincolnshire, an arched niche that probably contained a panel of a reredos and beside it a bracket for an image.  How tantalising these remains are, but sadly so difficult to put in any true context without any documentary evidence of the imagery they contained and supported. ... Continue Reading →


Martin church near Horncastle in Lincolnshire, has a fabulous chancel arch.  This narrow arch is a text book example of the Transitional style, the moment when Norman architecture gradually gave way to Early English Gothic.  In this arch we have a blending of the two.  The responds are entirely Norman in character, with two orders of shafts topped with fairly... Continue Reading →

Five wounds of Christ

Angel holding the arma christi, a shield charged with the five wounds.  It is unusual to see this subject in colour, usually it is rendered in yellow stain.  This image from Lawrence Lew's wonderful photostream, is taken from a panel of fifteenth century glass in Glastonsbury parish church, that was formerly in Glastonbury Abbey in Somerset.  ... Continue Reading →

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