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photoblog image St.Mary's Church, Whitby 4/7

St.Mary's Church, Whitby 4/7

The focus of the congregation's attention is the triple-decker pulpit (1778), with candleholders and tester. Fixed to the back of the pulpit are two ear trumpets used by a 19th-century vicar's wife who was hard of hearing.

 

Behind the pulpit and astride the chancel arch is a large 17th-century gallery supported by twisted columns, known as the Cholmley Pew. The Cholmleys were a wealthy 18th-century family who lived in the home by the abbey that is now a museum.  Tom remarked yesterday that he thought that gallery there was an act of vandalism to the fine chancel arch and I can't disagree with him, I guess in those days money talked, just as it does nowadays.

 

St.Mary's Church, Whitby 4/7

The focus of the congregation's attention is the triple-decker pulpit (1778), with candleholders and tester. Fixed to the back of the pulpit are two ear trumpets used by a 19th-century vicar's wife who was hard of hearing.

 

Behind the pulpit and astride the chancel arch is a large 17th-century gallery supported by twisted columns, known as the Cholmley Pew. The Cholmleys were a wealthy 18th-century family who lived in the home by the abbey that is now a museum.  Tom remarked yesterday that he thought that gallery there was an act of vandalism to the fine chancel arch and I can't disagree with him, I guess in those days money talked, just as it does nowadays.

 

comments (17)

  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 23 Feb 2012, 00:46
Fabulous and Fantastic!

She's a rambling, growing, organic sort of a place, Brian, and deserves a 21st century lean-to in stainless steel and smoked glass for coffee and internet access...
Brian Walbey: Thanks Ray. It wouldn't surprise me if she doesn't get that one day, she seems to have about every other style of architecture.
Odd how it looks like pieces of 20 different churches thrown together into one!
Brian Walbey: Yes it does, it is a really strange place.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 23 Feb 2012, 08:20
Quite so Brian: tghat gallery is a rather vulgar addition
Brian Walbey: I don't like it at all Chris, but as I said, money talks.
It is a bit of a dog's breakfast really Brian.
Brian Walbey: I guess you could say that Bill, but also quite interesting and photogenic.
What a delicious and delightful hotch-potch. Enough to keep a photographer happy for days. I hope there is more to come, because I am falling in love with this building.
Brian Walbey: Well 3 more shots this week Sheila, but it is a photographers delight if one can avoid all the other visitors filling the place up.
  • Chad Doveton
  • Where latitude and longitude meet.
  • 23 Feb 2012, 09:39
I like the antiquated heating system Brian.
Brian Walbey: Yes that is a fine old heater Chad which has some fine chimneyage.
  • Pedroeric
  • United Kingdom
  • 23 Feb 2012, 10:25
Another great capture of the church Brian its the arches that got my attention.
Brian Walbey: Thanks Pedroeric, but as Tom said the balcony does spoilt the arch a bit.
Hard to see such a crazy combination of ideas and in one only place Brian. What are those "free" indications in the doors (?) for?
Brian Walbey: It is Juan. The "free" means they are the pews that are for anyone to use as against those that would have been reserved for the hoi polloi.
  • Martin
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 23 Feb 2012, 11:16
Certainly an intresting interior, if not an assortment - great shot Brian!
Brian Walbey: Thanks Martin, it is a real assortment of stuff isn't it.
the darker corners of the church
Brian Walbey: Yes indeed Chantal and surprise in almost every one of them.
From the thumb i htought that this was a contemporary Dairy farm milking parlour. But that turned out to be a rather crass observation of mine.
Brian Walbey: There was a time, way back in the early Middle Ages, when the milking of the cows would have taken place in the local church, indeed the animals would have been kept in the church through the winter, they were also used as hospitals and breweries, where they brewed their own beers for sale on Sundays to the congregations to drink instead of the awful water during the week, Sorry history lesson over, it's you who is the retired teacher not me smile
Interesting shot and history Brian
Brian Walbey: Thanks very much John, yes it does have quite a history.
This is a real Aladin`s Cave of styles. It`s amazing. (:o)
Brian Walbey: It's certainly a bit different to most churches we all go in for photos from tie to time.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 23 Feb 2012, 15:02
It is a church to my heart - and a still working church! What does mean the word 'FREE'?
Brian Walbey: Isn't it a really interesting place Philine. Re the word "free" the important people and families would have their own allocated pews in the church which nobody else should use, therefore those available for the proletariat were labelled free I presume, meaning for general use.
Quite a fascinating image Brian.
There are so many things to look at!
Brian Walbey: Yes indeed Richard, although it is actually quite a difficult church to photograph in especially if there are a lot of other visitors as there was on this day.
  • lisl
  • England
  • 23 Feb 2012, 19:13
You did well to clear the visitors out, Brian! I particularly like these FREE box-pews, and the pseudo-Baroque supports to the gallery
Brian Walbey: I managed to pick a few moments when there wasn't too many people about. There is a real mix of all sorts of things in this church.
  • Alan
  • United Kingdom
  • 23 Feb 2012, 23:20
Chock full of interest. What a combination different styles. I bet there's a rush to get next to the stove in winter.
Brian Walbey: I bet there is as well Alan. Yes it is a right hotch potch as they say.

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