Devon Marble – Petitor Quarries and Beyond

Devon Marble – Petitor Quarries and Beyond

The main photo for this post is the beautiful marble-tiled paving of the chancel at All Saints Church, Babbacombe in Devon. It is made up of coloured Devon Marble varieties from the Petitor beds – a form of limestone that can be polished for a marble effect (not a...
Butterfield in Babbacombe – All Saints Church

Butterfield in Babbacombe – All Saints Church

Parish Church of All Saints, St. Alban’s Road, Babbacombe, Torbay, Devon (1865-74). One of the key works of the architect William Butterfield (1814 to 1900) that sticks in my mind is that of Keble College, Oxford. The overall shape of the building appears as a sober,...
WINCHESTER: 12th CENTURY WALL PAINTINGS – A REMARKABLE SURVIVAL

WINCHESTER: 12th CENTURY WALL PAINTINGS – A REMARKABLE SURVIVAL

Winchester Cathedral: Chapel of the Holy Sepulchre The Holy Sepulchre Church in Jerusalem is believed to contain the place of Christ’s crucifixion and the tomb in which he was placed and from where he was resurrected. It has been a place of pilgrimage for centuries....
Life on the edge – the Cistercian Abbey of Dunkeswell, Devon

Life on the edge – the Cistercian Abbey of Dunkeswell, Devon

Figure 1: Ruins of the north wall of west range at Dunkeswell Abbey, East Devon. Church of 1842 behind. Nestling in a valley of the Blackdown Hills, on the banks of the River Madford, are the enigmatic remains of Dunkeswell Abbey. Only fragments are left of the abbey...
Anglo-Saxon Baluster Shafts: Northamptonshire

Anglo-Saxon Baluster Shafts: Northamptonshire

Figure 1: Belfry Windows with Anglo-Saxon Baluster Shafts at All Saints, Earls Barton, Northamptonshire When looking at Anglo-Saxon churches there are 4 features to look out for: Belfry Windows Triangular-headed doorways or windows Strip-work on wall surfaces...
Joy, Music & Scissor Arches at Wells Cathedral

Joy, Music & Scissor Arches at Wells Cathedral

On the 27th July 2019 I attended a concert of the Somerset Chamber Choir in Wells Cathedral. The picture above is one I took just as the audience were settling and the choir were getting ready to start. The choir is in front of, and framed by, one of the three...