Sunday, June 19, 2011

St Botolph, Helpston, Cambridgeshire (SoP)

Now followers of our little gathering may get confused at this point. The original plan was to go to Deeping St James but Chris was concerned of the proximity of a planned wedding ceremony there so decided to go to Helpston instead en route to lunch at Barnack. The problem was that JRS and Seajay had set off before this was decided, and Andy had gone off to Ufford after receiving news of its imminent closure. St Botolph's is rather a pleasant church with an octagonal west tower embraced by the aisles, and a clerestoried nave and aisles, with south porch and chancel. The most dominant feature of the interior is the astonishing east window of Christ in Majesty by Francis Skeat, a bold insertion into this medieval setting. I really liked it but others in our party were not as keen. There were also two odd stone mouldings with carved beasts or figures low down in the chancel, which we all duly examined.

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