Saturday, July 09, 2011

St Michael, Guiting Power, Gloucestershire

Another church at the end of a lane in the village with the countryside beyond, but not one that is hidden like Notgrove earlier in the day. Originally Norman but much altered, especially by the additions of transepts (north 1819, south 1843), and a general restoration of 1902-3 which saw a near reconstruction of the chancel. The original north doorway remains in situ, but crowded by the transept, the large and exuberant south doorway was moved to the end of the long transept which dominates the exterior. 
Inside these long transepts make for a strange interior, especially as you enter into the south transept into what is seemingly the nave of the church. The remaining bit of the nave itself is incredibly short but its roof is in part original and rests on some good corbels. On the steps to the C15 west tower rests a small stone coffin, unusually still with its original lead lining. The stone pulpit dates from 1903 but the stem is C15. Over the south door the Royal Arms of George IV.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for this post. Now I can relate the wonderful hymn tune 'Guiting Power' to your images. Have just discovered the site and will be returning regularly, I hope.