Sir Walter Raleigh in Dorset Part 2: The Quiet Country Church

Sir Walter Raleigh in Dorset Part 2: The Quiet Country Church

Lillington Church near Sherborne Dedicated to St Martin of Tours It was on the 1st November 1593 that Sir Walter Raleigh and his family would have ridden out from Old Sherborne Castle and travelled 3.5 miles east towards the small village of Lillington. As to why...

The English Baroque Plasterwork Garland

The English Baroque Plasterwork Garland

Baroque architecture developed in Italy in the early-17th C and appeared in England during the 1660s. The Baroque garland was a motif that appeared as part of a scheme in English plasterwork. This post looks at three examples of plasterwork garlands in Baroque...

Artefacts of the Afterlife

Artefacts of the Afterlife

This week I visited the Tutankhamun Exhibition at the Saatchi Gallery in London: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh. It was a beautifully curated exhibition. I was astounded to see that wooden objects survived from 3345 years ago in fantastic condition. I couldn’t help...

Funeral Hatchments at Crowcombe Church

Funeral Hatchments at Crowcombe Church

I recently visited the Holy Ghost Parish Church at Crowcombe in The Quantock Hills, Somerset. The Carew Chapel contains some fine hatchments. Besides church architecture the fixtures and fixings provide us with clues to social history. Human social history evolves and...

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