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Staunton Harold 8/10

This is a general view from just inside the main doors to the church giving an idea of the layout.

 

Although the architecture is Gothic the furnishings are Jacobean, including extensive panelling, box pews, the pulpit and a west gallery with an organ that predates the church. In the chancel is a monument with the white marble semi-reclining figure of Robert Shirley, Viscount Tamworth, who died in 1714. The chancel screen with its fine wrought-iron grille work separates the chancel from the nave.

 

Staunton Harold 8/10

This is a general view from just inside the main doors to the church giving an idea of the layout.

 

Although the architecture is Gothic the furnishings are Jacobean, including extensive panelling, box pews, the pulpit and a west gallery with an organ that predates the church. In the chancel is a monument with the white marble semi-reclining figure of Robert Shirley, Viscount Tamworth, who died in 1714. The chancel screen with its fine wrought-iron grille work separates the chancel from the nave.

 

comments (19)

A fine picture Brian. The church is wonderful, and I hope you may show us more of those stained glass windows.
Brian Walbey: Thanks Frances. I took some pictures of the windows but they are not really good enough to show here unfortunately.
It's beautiful inside! The wrought iron is lovely as is the stained glass!
Brian Walbey: It is Elizabeth and I caught the place when it was empty apart from the National Trust warden.
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 4 Jan 2012, 05:27
This is an impressive general view, Brian.

[grin]
Brian Walbey: Thanks very much Ray.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 4 Jan 2012, 06:28
Gothic with box pews is relativwely unusual: it looks a nice airy place I must say
Brian Walbey: It is a lovely little church Chris and I have actually seen box pews a lot higher than these are.
  • lisl
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 4 Jan 2012, 06:59
A lot of money has been lavished on this Church, Brian
Brian Walbey: It certainly has Lisl, it is in very good condition.
beautiful peaceful place
Brian Walbey: It was that day Chantal, just me, Maureen and the National Trust warden.
  • Ginnie
  • Netherlands
  • 4 Jan 2012, 07:29
Charming, Brian, and more to my size-liking than the huge cathedrals elsewhere, to be honest.
Brian Walbey: Each sort of place does have its own charms Ginnie but cathedrals, lovely as they are, can be a bit overpowering and one misses the small and intimate details.
Lovely arches too... I love box pews.
Brian Walbey: So do I Jacquelyn. I have been in churches with box pews higher than this so the people inside cannot be seen.
Neat place. The Jacobean furnishing here is rather moderate thank God!
Brian Walbey: Yes it is plain but very pleasant isn't it.
Great capture of a beautiful interior Brian.
Brian Walbey: Many thanks Fred.
  • Linda
  • United Kingdom
  • 4 Jan 2012, 13:57
Its a nice looking church, why do they have boxed pews, is there a reason smile
Brian Walbey: Yes it is Linda. I believe the box pews meant each family had their own space, and of course there was a hierarchy as to who sat at the front and who sat at the back.
Nice perspective, it looks so solemn
gotta love the inside of churches.
Brian Walbey: Thanks Rob, it is a delightful little church.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 4 Jan 2012, 14:24
Oh, this is a very fine church, and the chancel screen is a gem. The glass windows appear also to be very beautiful. Only during the service the chancel screen might be openend. Unusual for me are the flags we often see hanging in English churches, also the Union Jack.
Brian Walbey: Ye sit is a lovely church Philine. The chancel gates were locked but I did get a picture as you will see on Friday. The flags are the banners of the Shirley family I would think, one often sees such things in churches attached to private estates.
Interesting mixture of styles Brian
Brian Walbey: Yes indeed Bill and very well turned out.
  • Alan
  • United Kingdom
  • 4 Jan 2012, 17:42
I like the enclosures to the stalls. "I may be Christian but this is my pew; CLEAR OFF!" The church looks to be in fine condition.
Brian Walbey: Yes the NT look after it well Richard considering that hundreds of people visit it each year. I guess the pews were dished out on the sttus of the occupants within society.
A wonderful inside view with a perfect symmetry Brian!
Brian Walbey: Thanks very much Richard.
Nice to see that they haven't thrown away the pews!
Brian Walbey: Definitely not tom, much too historic for that.
Beautiful photo of a nice and paceful palce Brian!

The flags seems very old and interesting...

Un saludi.
Brian Walbey: Thanks Eduardo. The flags will be the banners of the Lords who have owned the estate and the church.
It would be interesting to pick a box pew and follow that family's history down through the generations, Brian.

The National Trust really does a bang up job in preserving these sites.
Brian Walbey: Indeed it would Beverly although I suspect it is many years since this church belonged to only one family.

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