Sanctuary fittings and something rare

As well as the original pavement the chancel of Laxton church in Nottingham is lucky enough to still retain its stone sanctuary furnishings, fourteenth century piscina with double drains, Easter sepulchre, sedilia and image corbels.  All it is missing is the images themselves and the medieval high altar.  The seats of the sedilia are topped by a delicious canopy,... Continue Reading →


Not at all medieval, but on the wall of the chancel at Molland is this fabulous baroque monument commemorating an interesting man.  It commemorates Daniel Berry one time vicar of Molland.  I will let the inscription tell his story: 'Under this monument lyeth the Body of Daniel Berry Batchelor of Divinity sometime minister of this... Continue Reading →

Another atmospheric interior

If you thought Nettlecombe had atmosphere, well Molland church on Exmoor, in Devon, has even more.  It is one of those churches that the Victorian's forgot and wasn't subjected to a drastic restoration in the nineteenth century.  Consequently the interior is a wonderful example of how the Church of England used a medieval building before the Ecclesiologists came... Continue Reading →

How’s this for a bit of atmosphere

A fifteenth century Seven Sacrament font in Ham stone, sandstone recesses with thirteenth and fourteenth century effigies of the Ralegh family, a late medieval waggon roof, a patchwork of old flooring and a late seventeenth century tablet with reclining putti. Does it get any better than this, does it?  This atmospheric interior is the south aisle at Nettlecombe in Somerset.     

St Mary’s Lead

HDR - St Mary Lead Church, near Towton Battlefield, North Yorkshire, originally uploaded by Tiddler.This isolated fourteenth century building stands in a field close to the site of the battle of Towton, near Tadcaster in Yorkshire. Fought in the driving snow on Palm Sunday 1461, this was one the bloodiest but most decisive battles of... Continue Reading →

New blog

I've started a sideline blog, a guide to Lincolnshire churches.  It isn't intended to be an exhaustive guide, but just a gentle crawl through some of the more atmospheric and lesser known ecclesiastical gems in my native county.  There's not much there at the moment, but in due course you might find it of interest:  Oh... Continue Reading →

It’s amazing what you find under the floor.

According to John Throsby in his new addition of Thoroton's The Antiquities of Nottinghamshire, when the floor of the chancel at Mattersey church in Nottinghamshire was replaced in the 1790s they discovered two pieces of 'very ancient' sculpture under the old floor. These panels of sculpture are now attached to the chancel walls.  They are fourteenth century and very... Continue Reading →

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