A record of wildlife in my garden and various trips to the Warwickshire countryside and occasionally further afield.
"To see a world in a grain of sand,
And a heaven in a wild flower,
Hold infinity in the palm of your hand
And eternity in an hour."
From "Auguries of Innocence"
by William Blake
Friday, 8 February 2019
St John the Baptist - Henley-in-Arden
As mentioned in my last post I had a quick look round the church of St John the Baptist while the rest of the family walked back for an icecream at Henley ices. The church built of local sandstone in the Perpendicular style dates back to the middle of the 15th century (possibly around 1443) and replaced an earlier Chapel of Ease. The church tower was restored/repaired in 1912 and 1979.
The clock on the tower installed in 1868 replaced an earlier one and as someone said on Twitter it does look a bit as though it was added as an afterthought!
On either side of the church porch there are dragons - one happy and
The stained glass window in the porch with images of St Geroge and St Christopher is dedicated to the Reverend Geroge Bell and his wife Mary who served the Parish between 1876 and 1914.
The font dates back to the 17th or 18th century.
The pulpit has linenfold panelling and I did like the embroidered cloth (sorry not sure of the correct name!) on both the pulpit and lectern which look very recent.
Roof rafters date back to the mid 17th century
The new reredos and altar clothes. The former shows the cycle of the moon and the latter the rising sun.
I did like these embroidered kneelers by the altar rail.
This north doorway may have been the link between the Chapel of Ease and the present church.
To celebrate the Millennium a new window was installed in the South Wall which shows Christ in the market place surrounded by representatives from local organisations.
The West Window
The original medieval supporting corbels are carved in the shape of angels holding shields.
More corbels in the shape of heads wearing medieval headgear.
Unfortunately I couldn't get a decent photo of this stone carving - a dragon? - as every time I moved near a light came on.
Corbels on the north windows show grotesque animals possibly a bat and a frog - their unpleasant appearance according to the guide book may have warned off undesirables! I don't think I have seen a bat or a frog depicted in a church before.
Water stoup in the porch where in earlier times people would have washed their hands in water before entering the church.
As always when I have limited time I managed to miss quite a few interesting features including a Green Man carving high above the porch. I've gone through photos of previous visits and found what I think is the Green Man taken by D.
Hopefully, I can return to the church as it is only about 30 mins away and I would also like to visit the Norman Church in Beaudesert a few hundred yards away from St John. The castle, if anything remains, also sounds interesting.
*D photo of Green Man taken by my son with the Canon SX50 bridge camera a few years ago
All other photos taken by me with the Panasonic Lumix FZ330 bridge camera
Reference: The Parish Church of St John the Baptist Henley in Arden guidebook
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