On Saturday afternoon I visited St Patrick's Church, Earlswood, which was holding a Primrose Weekend event. The church is an outstandingly beautiful Grade II listed Victorian Church described by English Heritage as "A striking and unexpected accent in a wholly rural landscape".
The churchyard was a delight to behold with clumps of primroses everywhere.
As can be seen from the sign in the photo below part of the churchyard is now being managed as a wildlife conservation area. There was a variety of birdlife to be seen, nestboxes had been erected, bumble bees were everywhere together with 3 Peacock butterflies.
A few photos of the Primroses
Lots of other Spring flowers on show too
including one of my favourites - the Wood Anemone
There were quite a few plants for sale and I added an Auricula to my collection - one day I'll have enough for an Auricula Theatre of my own :)
The entrance porch to the church has typical Victorian Gothic Revival decorative stonework
with St Patrick looking down on visitors as they arrive.
The Font features carved emblems of the four evangelists - some shown below.
Brass Eagle Lectern
The Parson's stained glass Window on the south wall depicts the figures of St George and St Martin and was given in memory of Charles and Eric Parsons (father and son)
contains the choir stalls and organ loft. Of particular note are the intricately carved "poppy heads" (eight octagonal-shaped ends to the choir stalls) depicting various plants mentioned in the Bible.
The East Window contains stained glass depicting St Thomas, St Patrick, Christ in Majesty, St Mary Magdalene and St Anne.
I've posted quite a few photos below of the really beautiful Sanctuary.
The West end of the Nave contains two large murals depicting the life of St. Patrick. They date to 1913 and were painted by Bernard Sleigh. They show St Patrick leaving France for Ireland and preaching on Easter Day to the King of Ireland. The balcony was also added in 1913.
Many thanks to TP who very kindly emailed me to tell me of this event. I am very grateful as it gave me an opportunity to look round the beautiful church and admire the wildlife friendly churchyard and beautiful display of primroses.
Reference: Welcome to St Patrick's Church, Salter Street - A Guide for Visitors
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