Saturday, July 09, 2011

St Eadburgha, Ebrington, Gloucestershire

A long path leads to the church from the street, in fact vehicular access to it must be a problem. Much of what is seen today is the result of a very heavy restoration 1875-6, but nevertheless there is much to see here. West tower is Perp, the nave now largely C19 like the chancel but the porch and south aisle are C14. Ornate Norman south door, plainer blocked north door. C15 font, pulpit dated 1679 and a large lectern of a similar age but according to BoE is German. Royal Arms dated 1725 unusually has a latin and a greek inscription. 
In the chancel two notable monuments, the first coloured with a larger than life effigy on a tomb chest, with a cute little doggy, whereas the second is a hanging monument to Sir John Keyt d1662 and his wife d1669 with two busts but it is hard to say who is who! A third memorial on the south side of the sanctuary is a large standing architectural design with obelisks and coloured shields. The east window has glass  of 1964 by Christopher Webb in his insipid style, although it was unusual to see a chap in overalls boots and hard hat. 

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