Stone altars and Godly texts, Continuity of Use at Patrishow

In a remote valley on the edge of the Black Mountains is the tiny hamlet of Patrishow.   It's church, clinging to a narrow platform on the side of the valley, is said to be the site of a hermitage occupied by 'St Issui' and the church sits above a holy well associated with him.... Continue Reading →

A Friday Indulgence – medieval stained glass heads from Norfolk

So much of English medieval stained glass survives as isolated fragments..  At Warham in North Norfolk, is an extraordinary collection of such fragments, mostly heads.  They are the heads of saints, angels, kings, queens, bishops and clergy - elements of lost narrative or of decorative panels, each with a story to tell and each evidence... Continue Reading →

Medieval Wineglass Pulpit

Burnham Norton church close to the north coast of Norfolk has amongst its treasures a medieval wineglass pulpit.  Perhaps this was used for the proclamation of the Gospel as well as for preaching and for 'bidding the beads'!   The pulpit is notable in that it still has a substantial amount of it's medieval polychromy... Continue Reading →

The Rood Loft and the Liturgical Gospel

Here is an article for all you liturgical minded people out there, if you are not a medieval liturgical nerd like I am, read no further! The rood loft at Patrishow, Powys. There is a theory that in the late Middle Ages the rood lofts of medieval parish churches in England and Wales, extending across... Continue Reading →

Friday indulgence – Medieval Polychromy

It's Friday we can indulge ourselves with a visual treat.  The late fifteenth century nave roof at Salle in Norfolk has an extraordinary amount of its original medieval polychromy.  Much of the work is a powdering of standard motifs, the IHS, crowned MR's (Maria Regina) for Our Lady - but there are lots of gorgeous... Continue Reading →

The Image of Pity – the Wellingham rood screen.

Wellingham is a remote little hamlet in the middle of Norfolk to the south of Fakenham.  It's church, heavily rebuilt in 1896 is rather undistinguished, but it contains a great treasure.  The dado of a rood screen from the 1530s.   Rather interestingly the screen is inscribed and precisely dated. The inscription on the upper... Continue Reading →

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