“go to the eternal fire, you accursed” – a painted rood beam

Woodeaton in Oxfordshire has a super little medieval church with lots to delight and catch the interest. The walls have the remains of layer upon layer of medieval wallpaintings, including lots of red ochre lining out on the walls of the nave and a delightful St Christopher facing the main south door, just where you... Continue Reading →

Chantries, poor livings and the gift of a lectern

Late medieval gospel lecterns are wonderful things and I have blogged about them and their purpose before.  There are quite a number of 15th-century latten lecterns in Norfolk and Suffolk, but the example from Oxborough in Norfolk, dating from the 1480s, is particularly impressive.  Not only is it a delightful object visually, with its eagle... Continue Reading →

Founders of this Chantry, the interaction of ritual and memorial.

I had a trip into Berkshire a few months ago and to Childrey, where the church is a complex building of extraordinary interest, with lots of medieval glass and numerous late medieval monumental brasses. In the south transept, there is a fine early sixteenth-century monument of Purbeck marble which is built up against the north... Continue Reading →

Medievalism and Ritualism – Part 1: Percy Dearmer and the scholarly context of the Parson’s Handbook

Medievalism and Ritualism – A Discussion of the Background and Context of The Parson’s Handbook, and of the ‘English Use’By the second decade of the twentieth century Ritualism, which had been growing steadily as a force in the life of the Church of England, had polarised into two very distinctive groups. There were those within... Continue Reading →

Heneage chapel Hainton, Lincolnshire

Hainton is one of those rare places, a manor that has been in the possession of a single family for much of its recorded the history.  The church of St Mary stands in the grounds of Hainton Hall, which was and still is the home of the Heneage family.  The chancel and north chapel contain an unparelleled and... Continue Reading →

Landscapes and townscapes

//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.jsHillesden church in north Buckinghamshire is an impressive church, a pure, Perpendicular glass house, a coherent whole, all built in a single campaign.//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.jsWe know that in 1493 the previous church was somewhat ruinous and that provides a terminus post quem for the structure, which appears to have been built in stages up to c.1510. For... Continue Reading →

‘Here I am, given to the worms’

//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.jsIn the centre of the chancel at Oddington in Otmoor, in eastern Oxfordshire, is a large purbeck marble slab into which is set one of the most unusual monumental brasses from late medieval England.  The brass consists of an effigy, a corpse in a tied shroud, with it's hands in the attitude of prayer.  The... Continue Reading →

The Fritton screen donor images.

//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.jsOn the day I came to Fritton it was already mid afternoon and I had that morning visited some Norfolk heavy-weights.  I had begun the day at East Harling, before moving on to Attelborough and Wymondham and was heading now to Shelton, which I was keen to get to before I went on to Norwich. ... Continue Reading →

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