Lincolnshire Churches – Building Materials

Theddlethorpe All Saints, Lincolnshire, originally uploaded by Vitrearum.Lincolnshire churches, particularly those in the Wolds and some parts of the marsh have a wonderful texture due to the wide range of materials used. Take this wall at Theddlethorpe All Saints, it is built of materials brought from all over the region. Golden Yorkshire limestone, the cooler... Continue Reading →

Spandrel paintings in Lincolnshire

Friskney, Lincolnshire, originally uploaded by Vitrearum.Lincolnshire is not known for its medieval panel paintings, but recently I came across these two naive censing angels at Friskney in the Lincolnshire marsh. They are painted on the eastern spandrels of the fifteenth century nave roof and my guess is that they acted as part of the rood... Continue Reading →

Palimpsest Wallpaintings

Combe, Oxfordshire, wallpaintings, originally uploaded by Vitrearum.A palimpsest is a work or art or manuscript that has been painted on on or written on, scraped off, and used again. The word palimpsest comes through Latin from the Greek words παλιν and ψαω, which is "again" and "I scrape". There are a lot of palimpsest wallpaintings... Continue Reading →

Nottingham Alabaster Altarpieces

Drayton, Berkshire, originally uploaded by Vitrearum.In the late Middle Ages the fashionable material for altarpieces in England was alabaster, a type of gypsum, which could be found in limited quantity in parts of south Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire and Staffordshire and was very easily worked. By the early part of the fifteenth century Nottingham had become something... Continue Reading →

Tower transplant

Barnetby-le-Wold, Lincolnshire, originally uploaded by Vitrearum.The wonderfully texture church at Barnetby in Lincolnshire has this funny stubby little tower. Surely it's been truncated. Down the road Redbourne church in the same county has the opposite problem, it has this wonderfully exaggerated tower, with apparently two stages of bell openings. Somethings a bit fishy!Anyway it turns... Continue Reading →

Percy Dearmer and the the Warham Guild

St Mary's Primrose Hill, Hampstead, originally uploaded by Vitrearum.A lot of people know that one of my great heroes is the priest, poet, liturgist and artist Percy Dearmer. To my mind Dearmer was one of the greatest figures in the early twentieth century church. For a short time at least he succeeded to educate the... Continue Reading →

Pre-Reformation Devotional Images of Our Lady

This glorious fragment of sculpture was discovered in 1879 walled up within Anwick church in Lincolnshire. It is a remarkable survival. It is a seated figure of the Virgin and Child, dating from the early years of the fourteenth century. Sadly it has faired badly at the hands of iconoclasts, who have removed the head... Continue Reading →

Norman door tympana

Little Barrington, Gloucestershire, originally uploaded by Vitrearum.As a late medievalist, specialising in fifteenth and sixteenth century art and architecture, I can't claim to be any sort of expert on Norman door tympana. However, I do find them rather fascinating and have collected one of two photos of them on my Flickr stream over the course... Continue Reading →

Where I work – a Perpendicular masterpiece

My title parish - Louth, Lincolnshire, originally uploaded by Vitrearum.I have the pleasure of working as the assistant curate in Louth in Lincolnshire. Among the six churches we have in our parish is the parish church of St James, one of the most glorious parish churches in England. The church and the tower were all... Continue Reading →

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