The Bristol pyx case

 // medieval object in the photograph above no longer exists.  It belonged to the church of St Peter in Bristol, which was sadly blitzed in the Second World War and object perished.   As you can see it's a circular box with a slightly domed lid, that is rather ill-fitting.  The box itself has been... Continue Reading →

The Dennington hanging pyx

// of this blog over the years will be well aware of how much I love idiosyncratic details from medieval church buildings, particularly when they shed some light on the way that church buildings were used.  In the past I have blogged about an important bit of kit that most medieval churches had, the hanging... Continue Reading →

‘hoc campanile’ – inscriptions recording building work.

 // dating parts of medieval church buildings are relatively rare, so it's always nice to find one.   At St Martin's church in Saundby in North Nottinghamshire, there is an inscription on the base of the tower.  It's worn lead letters attached to the stonework, seem to mark the foundation of the tower, reading:'Anno Domini... Continue Reading →

White and grey and pink

The whites and greys and subtle pinks of this alabaster monument, sit in contrast to the vivid colouring around it. The reds, oranges and yellow tones of the medieval wallpaintings above the chancel arch and the shiny encaustic brigthnesss of the chancel floor. // is East or Little Shefford in Berkshire.  The monument is that... Continue Reading →

Respice, Respice – a lost death’s head found.

// my brief time as a parish priest in Norfolk I looked after five churches, including the extraordinary church of All Saints, Beeston Regis.  The church sits in open ground on the edge of Sheringham, above the cliff and overlooking the North Sea.  It was a bleak and windy spot, which made the many burials... Continue Reading →

Arch-braced rood beam

// church at Tunstead in Norfolk is a vast and mighty structure of the fourteenth and fifteenth century and it has a substantial Rood screen to match its scale.  The screen has a painted dado with rather darkened figures of the saints and a polychromed superstructure, with boldly painted detailing, // the light tracery of... Continue Reading →

The gentle glow of ochre coloured walls.

// is nothing better than a medieval church untouched by the hands of the Victorians, free of Ritualistic and Tractarian idealism.  There is nothing better than a church that retains many medieval fittings, shadows of former things and of genuine patterns of worship, overlaid with layer upon layer of post-medieval furnishings fitted to the reformed... Continue Reading →

The great and terrible day of the Lord – the Wenhaston Doom

// is a small and rather ordinary village about three or four miles inland from Southwold on the Suffolk coast.   It's church is a fairly ordinary building, rather heavily restored in the 1892 and with the old parish constable's handcuffs and shackles hanging up in its vestry, as you do!// Had it not been for... Continue Reading →

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