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Old July 8th, 2012, 09:35 PM   #101
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Old July 8th, 2012, 09:49 PM   #102
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I love the effigies. Did you get down to Bristol GV? ( I see you made it to Gloucestershire)
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Old July 8th, 2012, 11:44 PM   #103
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Thanks, Jane. No, I didn't get to Bristol. I went to visit some churches around Great Malvern and just over the Gloucestershire border(Kempley Church) I'm going to do a weekend break to include Bristol.
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St Mary and St Michael, Great Malvern, Worcestershire

' A Faire Fielde Ful of Folke '

St Mary and St Michael is set in the malvern hills, William Langland country and the setting for his 'The Visions of Piers the Plowman' one of the greatest poems of medieval England. In the poem are the early stirrings of the English Reformation, the debauchery of the clergy is contrasted with piety of the humble ploughman.

The views from the church of the surrrounding countryside won't have changed drastically since Langland wrote the poem in the 1360's.

' In somer seson whan softe was the sonne,

I shoop me into shrouds as a sheep weere,

In habite as a heremite unholy of werkes

Went wide into the world wondres to here.

Ac on an may morwenyge on the malvern hilles.......... '




The priory church at Great Malvern has been a parish church since the dissolution of the monasteries in the 1530's. The church was founded in the 11thc and was monastic until its appropriation by Henry V111 during the Reformation. Henry, in a rare act of benevolence, sold the church to the townsfolk of Great Malvern for £20( he usually demanded around £300 for the churches he stole )

The church was largely rebuilt in the 1450's in the Perpendicular style. It is a beautiful building, the tower especially with its pinnacles and pierced parapet.
Great Malvern church has some of the finest medieval stained glass in the country, particularly the huge east window, also of interest are the medieval wall tiles, (the only medieval wall tiles in any British church) fine stalls and monuments.






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Old July 10th, 2012, 07:29 PM   #105
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The medieval stained glass including the magnificent east window




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The nave looking east with its Romanesque arcades.

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The medieval wall tiles in the chancel, unique in the UK.



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Old July 10th, 2012, 11:48 PM   #108
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St Mary, Kempley, Gloucestershire


Approaching Kempley church from the village along a narrow country lane the building comes into view from the west. Unobtrusive and secluded, this modest looking parish church is of international significance.

The nave and chancel date from the 1130's, the tower was added in the 13thc. The glory of the church is the frescoes. Medieval wall paintings exist in small numbers in British churches, probably a few dozen, medieval frescoes(paintings on wet plaster) are extremely rare in Britain, only a handful of churches possess them, Kempley has the earliest and the best.
Some frescoes survive in the nave at Kempley, the chancel however is like one huge canvass, here the walls and even the ceiling are adorned with paintings. The subject matter includes Christ and the Apostles, 'The Three Mary's of the Sepulchre' and a rare depiction of contemporary bishops.

The frescoes in the chancel date from the inception of the church in the 1130's, those in the nave from the 13thc. The open timber roof and doors have been tree-ring date to between 1130 and 1150, which makes them the oldest scientifically recorded in the UK.

The church is in the custodianship of English Heritage.




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The nave and church roof, which is reputed to be the oldest in the UK, dating from the mid 12thc.


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The chancel, one huge fresco from the 1130's, an incredible sight in a British church.




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St Michael , Ledbury, Herefordshire

St Michael dates mainly from the 12th and 13thc's. Notable for its detached north steeple, early 13thc windows with ballflower ornament and a fine Norman west doorway. The tower dates from the 12thc,the spire was replaced in the 18th.


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The Norman west doorway with its zig-zag motif.


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The 12thc chancel arcade with its distinctive portholes.


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St Cuthbert, Halsall, Lancashire, 17 miles north of Liverpool city centre

Set in the rich farmland country north of Liverpool St Cuthbert's is one of the finest medieval churches in the Liverpool diocese. Despite beig heavily restored in the 1870's the church still retains a lot of its medieval fabric. The tower dates from the 1400's, the spire the 1800's. The chancel is the oldest part of the church,1350's. Work had started on the rebuilding of the church in the 1330's but came to a halt with the onset of the Black Death. The church has some good medieval glass and 14thc stalls and misericords.


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The chancel with its choir stalls and misericords



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