An Effigy in Dorchester Abbey, Oxfordshire

In the south chancel chapel in the former Augustinian abbey at Dorchester-on-Thames in Oxfordshire is a plain tomb chest, which supports one of the finest medieval miltary effigies in England. The effigy shows a recumbent man dressed in top to two in chainmail, with his legs crossed, drawing his sword. It is an extremely accomplished... Continue Reading →

Christ in Majesty – thirteenth century glass

Aston Sandford, Buckinghamshire, originally uploaded by Vitrearum.The tiny thirteenth century church at Aston Sandford in Buckinghamshire has a single panel of medieval glass, a glorious figure of Christ in Majesty labelled as 'Salvator Mundi' (Saviour of the World), set high in the east window of the chancel. The panel dates from the final years of... Continue Reading →

Neglected Comper work in Buckinghamshire

Great Kimble church sits on the busy A4010 that links Aylesbury and Princes Risborough in Buckinghamshire and hundreds of people pass by the church each day. How many are aware that this church contains a great treasure? A beautiful side chapel with fittings by Sir Ninian Comper, dating from the first years of the twentieth... Continue Reading →

Art for the Christian Liturgy in the Middle Ages

Many thanks to BLS of the Topmost Apple Blog for drawing the following link to my attention. The Metropolitan Museum for Art in New York has a page entitled Art for the Christian Liturgy in the Middle Ages, with some rather lovely images and commentary on a range liturgical objects, including pyxes, chalices, chrismatories and... Continue Reading →

Comper high mass vestments at St Mark’s Philadelphia

Front of Chasuble by Ninian Comper, originally uploaded by dave62448.I'm not going to comment on the fabulous photos Davis has posted on his Flickr stream, I think these Comper vestments speak for themselves. The vestments are at St Mark's Philadelphia amd according to the commentary Davis has included with each photo, they were commissioned in... Continue Reading →

Our Lady – mediatrix of the souls of the faithful

High up on the tower at St Michael's church in Minehead in Somerset and looking out over the burial ground, is this wonderful little carved panel. It dates from the fifteenth century. It shows St Michael, the patron of the church, holding a pair of scales, weighing the souls of the departed. Our Lady stands... Continue Reading →

‘In Your face’ mercantile display – the Greenway aisle at Tiverton

Now this is something that has always fascinated me, it fascinated me so much that I very nearly did my PhD thesis on this subject, before the stained glass of Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire drew me away. At the very end of the Middle Ages, from around 1450 onwards I suppose, we see an increase in... Continue Reading →

Medieval reredos

Bampton, Oxfordshire, originally uploaded by Vitrearum.Forgive my absence from the blogosphere over the last ten days. It has been a busy time. Among other things I spent a wonderful weekend showing a friend around some of Lincolnshire's finest churches. More articles will appear over the course of the next few days. In the meantime, I... Continue Reading →

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