Medieval Echoes: A walk by the River Brue in Bruton, Somerset

Medieval Echoes: A walk by the River Brue in Bruton, Somerset

Walking around Bruton, particularly down by the riverside, one can get the feeling of medieval Somerset. The single-span bridge would have seen trains of packhorses and mules, laden with woolsacks, woollen cloth, and silken cloth making their way through Bruton and...
A SELECTION OF WEST COUNTRY MEDIEVAL FONTS

A SELECTION OF WEST COUNTRY MEDIEVAL FONTS

Baptism is a key, and usually the initial, sacrament in the life of a Christian. Early Christians performed the rite with immersion in water. In the medieval Christian church, the process of infusion was practiced – the pouring of water on the head of the new...
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...