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photoblog image St.Mary's Church, Whitby 3/7

St.Mary's Church, Whitby 3/7

The church interior is a joy to explore, with pews and furnishings filling every available space. Simon Jenkins describes it as "part folly, part museum, part large parlour" and the Rough Guide to England calls it "an architectural dog's dinner." The importance of the sea to the congregation is clear: the low roof is supported by pillars that look like deck supports and the woodwork would be quite at home on a ship.

 

The nave is filled with box pews, some of which say "For Strangers Only." Each is cozily furnished with a carpeted floor and upholstered cushions. Above are galleries to seat more of the large congregation. In the midst of it all is a large charcoal stove, still in use, with flue rising to the ceiling.

 

St.Mary's Church, Whitby 3/7

The church interior is a joy to explore, with pews and furnishings filling every available space. Simon Jenkins describes it as "part folly, part museum, part large parlour" and the Rough Guide to England calls it "an architectural dog's dinner." The importance of the sea to the congregation is clear: the low roof is supported by pillars that look like deck supports and the woodwork would be quite at home on a ship.

 

The nave is filled with box pews, some of which say "For Strangers Only." Each is cozily furnished with a carpeted floor and upholstered cushions. Above are galleries to seat more of the large congregation. In the midst of it all is a large charcoal stove, still in use, with flue rising to the ceiling.

 

comments (23)

  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 22 Feb 2012, 01:39
Yup! This is a very interesting interior, Brian.
Brian Walbey: I said it is a bit different Ray and it is.
Really beautiful! What an interesting place! I love the "For Strangers Only"!!!
Brian Walbey: Yes it is a bit different to the normal church isn't it. I guess the other pews were reserved for particular families.
The interior of the church is completely different from those in Spain, that ceilings are low and banks are placed in a different way .... It's all very interesting for me!
Brian Walbey: I'm pleased you find it interesting Eduardo, it is also somewhat different to most English churches.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 22 Feb 2012, 07:12
It really does have character Brian and certainly seems to be part church, part folly
Brian Walbey: Yes it does Chris, wait till you see the next couple of shots then.
It certainly is a one off Brian. I love it!
Brian Walbey: I'm pleased about that then Bill, wait till tomorrows shot then.
I love those old wooden church benches a lot
Brian Walbey: Yes there aren't many churches with box pews these days.
  • Ginnie
  • Netherlands
  • 22 Feb 2012, 08:22
Now THAT would be a church to explore, Brian. I declare.
Brian Walbey: I thought you might find this to your liking Ginnie, you and Astrid should take a holiday in Whitby, there's so much you would like.
I love it Brian. It must definitely be quite interesting to explore!
Brian Walbey: Yes it is quite different to the normal church isn't it.
The textures within this shot are wonderful, Brian, and the light conditions. Excellent!
Brian Walbey: Thanks very much Neil.
A fascinating mish-mash of styles. Great capture. (:o)
Brian Walbey: Thanks Rosalyn, a bit different to the norm isn't it.
  • blackdog
  • United Kingdom
  • 22 Feb 2012, 09:51
A unusual and complex space. Nicely lit.
Brian Walbey: Somewhat different isn't it Mike.
  • Chad Doveton
  • Where latitude and longitude meet.
  • 22 Feb 2012, 09:58
The interior looks as extraordinary and confusing as the exterior Brian. Great find.
Brian Walbey: Indeed it does Chad, wait for the next two shots then.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 22 Feb 2012, 10:00
This is a wonderful, cosy church with the balconies (Emporen) and the fine natural wood -I love your angle you have chosen to photograph the nave! The church reminds me a bit of our old Protestant churches in Eastern Germany and Silesia (now Poland).
Brian Walbey: It really is a bit different to the normal church isn't it Philine, I thought it might be to your liking, as I did, and it is, with Ginnie.
Ah, the anticipation is over, you've opened the doors to this fine building Brian! smile
Brian Walbey: And what an unusual inside it turns out to be Martin.
  • Pedroeric
  • United Kingdom
  • 22 Feb 2012, 12:33
Looks a great place to visit Brian The stone arches really look something.
Brian Walbey: Yes it is most unusual Pedroeric, with a couple more surprises to come.
  • lisl
  • England
  • 22 Feb 2012, 14:54
It is a plesasing hot-potch, Brian. You mentioned the pews -oddly enough I am posting a designated pew-end tomorrow
Brian Walbey: I look forward to that Lisl, thanks for your comment.
..astonished I remain, but looking forward to your surprises smile
Brian Walbey: Thanks Juan, then I hope you will be pleased with what is still to come.
  • Alan
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 22 Feb 2012, 16:05
What a very unusual place this is. Part of it makes me think of one of those trick illusions on a never ending satircase! Chris makes a good comment.
Brian Walbey: It is all so different than a "normal" parish church, I presume because of all the different bits that have been done at different times by different people.
I think i"m with the 'architectural dog's dinner' here Brian. The way that gallery has been put in across the arch is nothing short of vandalism!
Brian Walbey: I won't disagree with that Tom, I can't really see any need for that.
Yes, the interior really does harmonize with the exterior, Brian. Such an interesting array of styles; you could spend a lot of time exploring this structure and capturing some great images.
Brian Walbey: Yes indeed Beverly, but it is a very popular place for visitors so one has to be very patient to get a shot without too many people in it.
What a mixture of styles, this church gets more interesting with every shot.
Brian Walbey: It is a very strange place with so many bits and pieces of styles everywhere.
Good interior shot
Brian Walbey: Thanks John, and what an interior.
  • Fred Adams
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 23 Feb 2012, 14:00
Fantastic capture of a wonderful interior Brian
Brian Walbey: Thanks very much Fred.

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