Monday, January 14, 2008

A long lunch in Wiltshire - part 4

A large church, with much of interest, not entirely obliterated by the Victorian restoration. Long nave and chancel, with SW tower and south aisle and chapel in one. South and north porches too, the latter disused, but open today thanks to the cleaning ladies which turned up enabling me to get a glimpse of a C15 image niche above the internal doorway. The south doorway has cusping to its arch, C14. The tower is late C17 or C18, still attempting Gothic. Inside a Norman tub font with crude blank arcading and two fine screens with single light divisions, C15, but that in the south aisle still with coving and cresting above. The roofs are also largely original, C14 in the aisle and C15 in the nave.
I am not a fan of internal re-ordering and the removal of pews but I have to say that the design here is an example which if repeated elsewhere would win me over. Considerable care has been taken in the nave and aisle which can now serve a variety of functions.

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