Fledborough Glass

Back to Fledborough again. The church contains a significant amount of medieval stained glass. With the exception of only a couple of pieces, the glass is all fourteenth century and therefore contemporary with the church building itself. The couple of pieces that are not of this period are internationally important. Here they are:The second piece... Continue Reading →

Butterfield’s interpretation of medieval textiles

William Butterfield (1814-1900) was one of England's most accomplished and prolific Gothic Revivalists. Between 1881 and 1883 he built St Mary Magdalene's, Enfield in Middlesex. Every aspect of the building and its decoration is by Butterfield, including all the textiles. For the high altar he designed a number of glorious altar frontals (including the red... Continue Reading →

Alterations on the cheap

Sometimes the decisions medieval masons made, just make me chuckle. This fifteenth century alteration to a fourteenth century window in the chancel at Welwick in Holderness, Yorkshire, is just such an example. I suppose as a thrifty way of getting extra light on the high altar without spending a vast amount of money it was... Continue Reading →

Medieval English embroidery good enough for the Holy Roman Emperor

Does anybody fancy buying a piece of medieval English embroidery, I certainly would if I didn't have a wife and children to support? Well an Italian dealer, Piselli Balzano, have a panel of late medieval embroidery for sale on their website. They claim the piece was made for the marriage of the Holy Roman Emperor... Continue Reading →

More medieval vestment recycling, this time in Lincolnshire

Another medieval vestment for you. Careby in Lincolnshire has the remarkable remains of a late fifteenth century cope. It is decorated with embroidered seraphs and this particularly lovely Assumption in the centre. The background is a glorious red silk velvet, a lot of velvets were used in medieval vestments, why do we not use them... Continue Reading →

Medieval vestment recycling in Exeter

I came across the following images the other day. They are of a funerary pall from St Mary Arches in Exeter, now in the Royal Albert Memorial Museum in the city. The pall is post-Reformation and is recycled from elements of pre-Reformation vestments, including a strips of rich back and gold figured velvet from a... Continue Reading →

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