Tuesday, 13 May 2014
Charlecote Park Part 2: St Leonard's Church (and Caterpillars are Emerging!!)
The present church of St Leonard's at Charlecote is located on the site of a much smaller 12th century church which was demolished in 1849.
The church was planned and paid for by Mrs Mary Elizabeth Lucy from Charlecote Park who was mentioned in yesterday's post. She planned the church to perpetuate the memory of her beloved husband George who died in 1845 aged 56.
It was good to see that parts of the churchyard had been left to "grow wild" and conservation zones have been established.
Beautifully carved font
The church contained some beautiful stained glass windows - yet again there are several photos when I failed to hold the camera level!!!
This circular window was given by Mary's daughter Caroline, and shows the head of Christ in the centre surrounded by the Apostles and scrolls of the Creed.
The Lucy Chapel contains the 17th century tombs of 3 successive Sir Thomas Lucys which were once in the original church.
This alabaster tomb was erected by the first Sir Thomas Lucy in memory of his wife Joyce who died in 1595. The tomb was later enlarged to take his own effigy - kneeling figures of a son and daughter are seen on the front panel. This Sir Thomas it is believed may have been caricatured as Justice Shallow in William Shakespeare's "Merry Wives of Windsor". However, this Sir Thomas was well respected so it is possible that Shakespeare was thinking of the unpopular second Thomas Lucy who was living at the time Shakespeare wrote the play.
This tomb is that of Sir Thomas the Third who died in 1640 and his wife Alice. The tomb is made of black and white Carrara marble. This Sir Thomas was a man of learning and loved to study the classical works. He was also a famous horseman and died as a result of "excessive zeal in this field".
The third tomb is a monument made from alabaster marble oolite for the second Thomas Lucy who was knighted by Queen Elizabeth I. He died in 1605. His second wife Constance who erected the tomb is shown in effigy in a prayer posture and wearing mourning clothes. Fourteen of their children (6 sons and 8 daughters) in Tudor dress are found on the front panel.
Emperor Moth Caterpillars
Caterpillars have started emerging today from the eggs I was given last Friday. There were 3 at lunchtime
but there are now ten!!!
The Blue Tit chicks are fine (today I counted 8) and I haven't seen the Great Spotted Woodpecker round the nestbox at all today which hopefully is good news.