ISLE ABBOTS TOWER: Early 16th C Medieval Statues – A rare survival

ISLE ABBOTS TOWER: Early 16th C Medieval Statues – A rare survival

On the Somerset Levels is the medieval parish church of Isle Abbots. The village gets its name from its position on the river Isle and its former connection with Muchelney Abbey.[i] The tower contains niches within which are a rare collection of medieval statuary....

Somerset Hunky Punks: Isle Abbots & Curry Rivel Parish Churches

Somerset Hunky Punks: Isle Abbots & Curry Rivel Parish Churches

A feature that occurs on many churches in Somerset is the Hunky Punk. The grotesque carvings are particularly numerous in the county and the term comes from Somerset dialect. The term derives from 2 old English words – ‘hunkers’, which is squatting on haunches, and...

Tewkesbury Abbey: 14th C Faces

Tewkesbury Abbey: 14th C Faces

On a recent visit to Tewkesbury Abbey, I was struck by the carvings of individual faces from the 14th C. The abbey had an upgrade in the 1320-1350 period, which is likely when the faces were carved. These are faces from over 670 years ago. What were the times they...

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