Dorchester Roman Catholic Church

Dorchester, St Birinus Catholic Church, Oxfordshire, originally uploaded by Vitrearum.The tiny Roman Catholic church of St Birinus in Dorchester-on-Thames in Oxfordshire, has undergone a radical transformation over the course of the last three of four years. You might be secretly gasping in horror at the thought of the rood screen being pulled out and a... Continue Reading →

Leave of Absence

Cuddesdon, Oxfordshire, originally uploaded by Vitrearum.Please excuse the absence of posts over the next few days. I'm taking some time away to get some other work done. Normal service will resume next week. The photo is of the F E Howard high altar at Cuddesdon in Oxfordshire, seen through the reja designed by Stephen Dykes... Continue Reading →

Gordon Plumb’s photography

Tattershall, Lincs, I, 2a, detail of Confirmation, originally uploaded by gordonplumb.I want to draw your attention to the Flickr photostream of the Revd Gordon Plumb. http://www.flickr.com/photos/22274117@N08/Gordon is associated, as I am, with the Corpus Vitreareum Medii Aevi (CVMA), the International project to catalogue the remaing medieval glass of Europe. http://www.cvma.ac.uk. He is one of the... Continue Reading →

Duntisbourne Rouse, Gloucestershire

Duntisbourne Rouse, Gloucestershire, originally uploaded by Vitrearum.The tiny church of St Michael, Duntisbourne Rouse is on a dramatic site on the hillside overlooking the valley of the river Dunt in the Cotswolds. The nave is essentially Saxon (11th century) and to this were added a chancel in the twelfth century, with a crypt below, and... Continue Reading →

A medieval painted chest

Brightwell Baldwin, Oxfordshire, originally uploaded by Vitrearum.Medieval chests are fairly common in English churches, but painted chests are a rarity. The painted chest at Brightwell Baldwin probably dates from the second half of the fourteenth century. Although it is rather battered this glorious figure of St George still survives.Eric Hardy got a rather good detail... Continue Reading →

Floor levels – the case of Dorchester Abbey

Dorchester Abbey, Oxfordshire, originally uploaded by Vitrearum.The question of original floor levels in medieval church buildings came up in discussion on another post. Generally speaking the great ranks of steps you see in many of our medieval churches were introduced during the Gothic Revival. In the Middle Ages only a modest rise in floor level... Continue Reading →

Glass painting technique

Waterperry, Oxfordshire - Margaret FitzEllis and daughter.Waterperry is on the eastern border of Oxfordshire, where it adjoins Buckinghamshire. The beautiful church has a lot of interest in it, some good monuments and a lot of medieval stained glass. Among the glass is the exquisite panel of a kneeling donor Margaret FitzEllis and her daughter, it... Continue Reading →

A small remnant of former glories.

Combe, Oxfordshire, wallpaintings, originally uploaded by Vitrearum.Where medieval wallpaintings do survive they are often far from complete. All that survives of this fifteenth century Annunciation at Combe in Oxfordshire is a mere fragment of a once vibrant and lively figure of the Archangel Gabriel. Much of the painting has been lost due to neglect, decay... Continue Reading →

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