Archive for January, 2009

All Saints - Yelvertoft

13th century parish church in the Perpendicular Gothic style.

Sedilla, All Saints - Yelvertoft Alabaster effigy, All Saints - Yelvertoft

The sedilia to south of chancel has nodding ogee arches, and was retained from earlier times when the chancel was remodeled in the C19. The alabaster effigy on the low tomb chest is decorated with quatrefoils in the perpendicular style. Its the monument to John Dycson, rector from 1439 to 1445.

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The bench ends are probably C15 with Gothic tracery.

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Window, All Saints - Yelvertoft

Perpendicular style decoration around north chancel window.

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Wolfhampcote – St. Peter.

   Posted by: churches    in Rugby District, Warwickshire

St. Peter - Wolfhampcote

Due to the small population of the parish St. Peter’s has been closed and reopened a number of times during the last 150 years. It finally ceased to hold any regular services in the 1950s.

Nowadays it is owned by the Churches Conservation Trust, and remains a consecrated building, although services are only held here once a year.

The church originally served the nearby medieval village which was abandoned some time during the 14th century. The church continued to serve the villages of Flecknoe, Sawbridge, and Nethercote. However, a smaller church was built in the late 19th century in the village of Flecknoe which is about 2-3 miles away as the crow files. The building was paid for by the railway company in 1891 as compensation for the disruption caused at Wolfhampcote. The railway itself was closed to passengers in 1952 but carried freight until 1963.

Pews St. Peter - Wolfhampcote Anglo-Saxon font, St. Peter - Wolfhampcote Pulpit St. Peter - Wolfhampcote

The pews in the foreground are medieval as can be seen by the low shelf which is for resting elbows, not books. The date of these pews is thought to be 14th century but there is some evidence for an earlier 11th century date. The font is Anglo-Saxon. The octagonal pulpit with inlaid panels is dated 1790.

North chapel, St. Peter - Wolfhampcote Chancel, St. Peter - Wolfhampcote

The chancel contains a modern pointed traceried five-light window, and the altar rails are also modern. The floor is paved with a number of memorial slabs from the 18th century, and the walls contain 19th century memorials to the Tibbits family.

Corbel, St. Peter - Wolfhampcote King post roof, St. Peter - Wolfhampcote Corbel, St. Peter - Wolfhampcote

On either side of the chancel arch are half-round moulded corbels. The steep-pitched king-post roof in the chancel consisting of three trusses, and is probably 14th century.

Piscina, St. Peter - Wolfhampcote Memorial cross, St. Peter - Wolfhampcote Memorial, St. Peter - Wolfhampcote

A C14 ogee-headed piscina with circular basin is inset into the south wall of the north chapel, indicating that an altar was once there. The north aisle has a memorial cross to John Truslove who died aged 16.

Memorial, St. Peter - Wolfhampcote Memorial, St. Peter - Wolfhampcote

The sanctuary contains memorial slabs and a brass memorial to Frances Benyon wife of parish minister (died 1687).

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South Kilworth – St. Nicholas.

   Posted by: churches    in Harborough District, Leicestershire

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The south Leicestershire parish church of St. Nicholas in South Kilworth. Is late 12th early 13th century. The tower with its effigy of St. Nicholas is 14th century, and the broached spire was added in the 15th century. The clock was installed in 1921 and is a memorial to those that died in the first world war.

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North Aisle, St. Nicholas

Built in the late Norman period the church has been restored a number of times, and largely rebuilt in 1868-69, under the instructions of Rev. Assheton Pownall by G.F. Bodley. George Bodley was known as the chief exponent of 14th century English Gothic, and the leading ecclesiastical architect in England. He is regarded as the leader of the resurgence of interest in English and northern European late-medieval design.

East window south Aisle, St. Nicholas - South Kilworth East window chancel, St. Nicholas - South Kilworth West window, St. Nicholas - South Kilworth

The east window in the south aisle contains the Pownall motto “OFFICIUM PRAESTO”.

The chancel window left main panel depicts St. Mary the Virgin with the subscription “St. Mary” below which is shown the Annunciation. The centre main panel displays the Crucifixion subscribed “It is Finished” beneath which is the Nativity with the Holy Family in Bethlehem. The right main panel is inscribed “St. John” and illustrates St. John the Baptist; beneath is the Resurrection. The inscription at the window’s base reads “To the glory of God in memory of the Revd. Assheton Pownell M.A. Rector of this Parish and Archdeacon of Leicester. This Window was placed by his parishioners and friends June 1887”.

West window of nave. From top to bottom, the left panel contains a small medallion enclosing a cherub with blue wings above a seated Resurrection angel with red wings, beneath which is the Virgin Mary robed in blue and standing at the foot of a coffin. At the top of the central panel, facing forwards stands the resurrected Christ. Beneath him lies the central part of the coffin with Mary Magdalene kneeling, dressed in red. The right panel contains another cherub in a medallion, this time in brown with red wings, above a second seated resurrection angel with blue wings. Below at the head of the coffin stands St. John.

The window was commisioned by Catherine Countess Beauchamp from Messrs Hardman & Co of Birmingham. The actual artist is unknown.

Pulpit, St. Nicholas - South Kilworth Piscina, St. Nicholas - South Kilworth Font, St. Nicholas - South Kilworth

The carved pulpit was installed as a first world war memorial. The font is Norman from the late 12th early 13th century thought to have been constructed from the capital of a Norman column.

Altar tomb, St. Nicholas - South Kilworth Effigy, St. Nicholas - South Kilworth

The remnant of an altar tomb and the effigy are of a 15th century rector Richard Wythnale who died 1439. The reredos panel contains a rare iconic "Lily Crucifixion", of which there are only two other stone sculptures in the UK.

Details of church history supplied by Sam Lloyd.

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Welton – St Martin.

   Posted by: churches    in Northamptonshire, West Northamptonshire District

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Parish church of St. Martin, Welton.

St. Martin - Welton Child's gravestone St. Martin Font, St. Martin - Welton

Gravestone of John Hewitt, lost and starved to death aged 6. The simple font is late medieval.

Pulpit, St. Martin - Welton Alms box, St. Martin - Welton Memorial, St. Martin - Welton

The pulpit was carved by local villagers, a wooden alms box stands by the door, and a C18 memorial plaque on the wall beside the pulpit.

Chancel, St. Martin - Welton Marble and Malachite, St. Martin - Welton

The C19 polychrome marbles and malachite floor, is reputed to be a Russian gift.

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Whilton – St. Andrew.

   Posted by: churches    in Northamptonshire, West Northamptonshire District

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Parish church of St. Andrew. Whilton Northamptonshire.

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