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Old June 19th, 2012, 08:12 PM   #81
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St Mary, Acton, Cheshire

A church with Norman origins but today largely of the 13th and 14thc's . The top stage of the tower fell and was rebuilt in the 1750's. Good monuments and effigies inside.




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Old June 19th, 2012, 08:24 PM   #82
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St Mary, Astbury, Cheshire

Another of the great Cheshire churches. Almost castle like in appearance. Norman tower with fine 14thc spire. Aisles with Decorated tracery with grotesques along the parapets. Huge Perpendicular clerestory windows, excellent carved roof and screens.



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The massive clerestory windows and view from the nave towards the chancel screen.




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Old June 19th, 2012, 08:34 PM   #84
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The late 14thc roof


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Old June 24th, 2012, 03:03 PM   #85
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St Thomas the Martyr, Upholland, Lancashire

This church was originally intended to be part of a Priory but it was never completed. The nave which dates from the 1350's and would've been the Priory chancel is the oldest part of the building, tower, 1590's ,the chancel was added in the 1880's.




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St Laurence, Frodsham, which is on the banks of the river mersey near Liverpool.


Founded in the 11thc,this church ,although much altered externally in the Victorian period has a good romanesque interior. The clerestory dates from the 1170's and the arcades slightly earlier, the chancel late 14thc.


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The arcades and piers with their finely carved Norman capitals.



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The late 14thc chancel


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Old June 25th, 2012, 09:04 PM   #89
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I do not not have the sort of knowledge that you have about buildings and architectural styles - but I really love those wooden ceilings.
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Thanks, Jane. Maybe you don't have the knowledge about buildings but you are quite discerning about architecture(I'm no expert btw) and know great craftsmanship when you see it........the carved ceilings of Cheshire's medieval churches are nationally famous
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Old June 25th, 2012, 10:33 PM   #91
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St Mary, Abergavenny,Wales


Built as a priory church in the 1090's St Mary's was rebuilt in the 14thc and severely 'restored' in the Victorian period. Fortunately the main attraction of the church is its interior. Monuments and effigies from the 1240's to the early 1600's, early 15th choir stalls and a carved figure of Jesse(father of the biblical King David) The carving has been described by the Tate Gallery,London, as one of the finest wooden carved figures of the medieval period in the world! I have to say I have concerns about objects such as this being unprotected, you can touch the Jesse carving, no supervision what so ever. I was in St Mary's completely alone for forty miniutes after which another member of the public entered, not in any way connected with the church. Surely staff can be employed to accompany visitors even if it means an entrance fee has to be paid

Anyway, a fantastic church.



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Some of the monuments which date from the 1240's to the early 1600's. The carved figures on the sides of the tomb chests are called 'weepers' they are usually representations of members of the deceased's family in mourning.






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Effigy of a knight, late 13thc. What's unusual about this is it's wooden,carved oak. There are about 80 wooden medieval effigies remaining in England and Wales. Like almost all medieval effigies it would originally have been painted in the colours of the costume/armour.



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Figure of Jesse, this is about 8ft long most of the carving has been lost. Complete it was esimated to be 25ft ! it would've been in the chancel on the wall/window behind the altar. The whole figure depicted the Tree of Jesse, with figures springing from the body of Jesse tracing Christ's descent , it would terminate in figures of the Virgin and Child. The Jesse Tree is a common theme in medieval churches but this must've been an amazing sight.




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The late 15thc choir stalls and misericords, one of which shows a man being eaten by a shark.


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St Mary, Eastham Village

Eastham is located on the banks of the river mersey, on the wirral peninsula,opposite Liverpool. The oldest part of the church is the nave, which is early 14thc, the tower dates from the 15thc, the spire and the rest of the church were rebuilt in the 18th and 19thc's. The church is famous for having the oldest tree in the Liverpool area in its churchyard.


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St Bartholomew, Much Marcle, Herefordshire

Situated on the border with Gloucestershire, Much Marcle church is another church famous for its Yew tree. A fine late 13thc interior with some early monuments (the most famous, the effigy of Blanche Mortimer, is currently being restored) including an oak effigy from the 1370's.

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The late 13thc nave arcades with their finely carved capitals, unrestored and the carving still almost as crisp as when they were done 800 years ago !


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The effigies in the church date from the 1270's to the early 1600's. The coloured effigy, which is made of oak, was repainted in the 1970's.



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