So much medieval art has been lost since the mid 16th century, here I look at some wonderful visual evidence of a lost rood screen from Norfolk.
Not all medieval church textiles were made of rich and costly materials. This article looks at the stained or painted linen cloths, their use in church context, their production and a few surviving examples.
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 →
Horsham St Faith is a small village about four or five miles north of Norwich. In the Middle Ages, it was dominated by a Benedictine Priory of which there are now very scant remains, except for some domestic quarters with important medieval wall paintings. The priory was founded in 1105 by Robert FitzWalter. After... Continue Reading →
//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.jsWenhaston 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!//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js Had it not been for... Continue Reading →
Wellingham is a remote little hamlet in the middle of Norfolk to the south of Fakenham. It's church, heavily rebuilt in 1896 is rather undistinguished, but it contains a great treasure. The dado of a rood screen from the 1530s. Rather interestingly the screen is inscribed and precisely dated. The inscription on the upper... Continue Reading →
This is just the sort of thing that gets me excited, a bit of stone with a fragment of painted decoration on it that gives us just a tantalising glimpse of the liturgical arrangements that once existed in our parish churches before the Reformation. Here are photos of two fragments of the type of altarpiece... Continue Reading →