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...
The 18th C Grand Tour in Rome: The Influence of the Triumphal Arch

The 18th C Grand Tour in Rome: The Influence of the Triumphal Arch

It is useful, I find, when examining civic architecture and the architecture of the English country house to remember the classical arch, of which there are key examples in Rome. The triumphal arch and the triumphal column were testament to the dominance of...
The 18th C Grand Tour in Rome: The Influence of the Triumphal Column

The 18th C Grand Tour in Rome: The Influence of the Triumphal Column

When studying the columns of Trajan (113 AD) and Marcus Aurelius (c. 190 AD), I cannot help thinking of them as the inspiration for the Bayeux Tapestry. Although, there is no record to my knowledge of Bishop Odo visiting Rome. The spiralling upwards bas relief reads...
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...