Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Nativity of the Virgin, Madley, Herefordshire

This church was the reason for the trip, yet as you have seen, I get detoured by others, and I never arrived here until nearly 4pm. The sun was getting low and made photography difficult inside and out. This is the view you get approaching the village from Hereford, one of England's rare medieval apses, emphasised by pinnacles, and built over what is said to be England's last medieval crypt. This is a large church, the tower at the west end is not dominant yet still stately, and it is embraced by the aisles. The west end is all C13 with lancet windows, and the clerestory is a row of lancets. There is an outer south aisle too, Decorated, and the north aisle east of the large porch was widened with new windows at the same time.

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