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photoblog image St.Mary's Church, Whitby 5/7

St.Mary's Church, Whitby 5/7

Yesterdays image gave a general view including the triple-decker pulpit and here are two other views of it taken somewhat closer .

 

I believe officers of the church used the first and second levels of the pulpit to do their business during services, and the top level was of course used by the Minister to give his sermons.

 

St.Mary's Church, Whitby 5/7

Yesterdays image gave a general view including the triple-decker pulpit and here are two other views of it taken somewhat closer .

 

I believe officers of the church used the first and second levels of the pulpit to do their business during services, and the top level was of course used by the Minister to give his sermons.

 

comments (20)

  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 24 Feb 2012, 03:03
The permanent canopy on the pulpit suggests the Reverend did not much enjoy being the target of roosting swallows and sparrows, Brian.
Brian Walbey: Lol. Who knows Ray, but it is certainly a most unusual find, or is it, just wait till May.
Can you imagine being like, 5 years old and running around in this place! What fun!
Brian Walbey: Plenty of places to hide Elizabeth.
  • Ginnie
  • Netherlands
  • 24 Feb 2012, 06:52
LOL at Elizabeth who seems to know something about being a preacher's kid. HA! This all sure is fascinating, Brian. I would definitely want to visit a church like this!
Brian Walbey: I reckon you would have a good time with your camera in this church Ginnie. My thought is I wonder if your Dad would have liked a pulpit like this one, he wouldn't, or even couldn't have been avoided being seen up in one of these, and he could keep an eye on who was falling to sleep during the sermon!
This really is a one off church Brian. A must visit when I finally go back to Whitby!
Brian Walbey: Well almost Bill, a church a few miles away also has one of these, you will get to see it in a few weeks time.
  • Chad Doveton
  • Where latitude and longitude meet.
  • 24 Feb 2012, 07:33
Height is often used to convey status Brian.
Brian Walbey: Yes indeed Chad, and it usually small men who wish to be seen towering over the multitude.
This church is full of character Brian. Thanks for sharing these beautiful pictures!
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 24 Feb 2012, 08:36
Yes, the pulpit in this church is a gem as I noticed yesterday! And I see the hearing helps, too - and I hope that good, cheering up sermons may come from there down to the community - in our Protestant church the words/ the sermons are essential and important- and I have the chance to listen to very good sermons in our Church. (As teacher I had sometimes to give sermons for the school community at school start or school leaving)
Brian Walbey: I thought you would like this Philine, I bet the Minister at our church (Baptist) would, his sermons, which are always very good, last about 25 minutes, although last Sunday he stretched it to 35 minutes!
  • Chris
  • England
  • 24 Feb 2012, 08:45
I have seen no other like it Brian
Brian Walbey: Nor had I Chris until a day or two later, and just a few miles away, keep watching this space.
very good duet
Brian Walbey: Thanks Chantal.
  • Pedroeric
  • United Kingdom
  • 24 Feb 2012, 10:21
Think I'am a bit like you Brian if I'd been there would have filled my card up.
Brian Walbey: There is certainly plenty to photograph in this church, but this must be the highspot.
  • Martin
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 24 Feb 2012, 10:45
It's hilarious Brian: triple-decker pulpit smile Wonderful subject matter! I like your collage, it certainly needs more than one image to fully appreciate this subject (I can see those ear-horns)!
Brian Walbey: It's great isn't Martin, I'd not seen anything like it before, but then a few days later, and just down the road, no that would be telling, keep watching this space.
  • Alan
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 24 Feb 2012, 13:12
All very grand, Brian. Are those the two ear trumpets you mentioned previously? They look the sort of things that could be used if the officials get caught short during a long sermon and feel the need to answer the call of nature smile
Brian Walbey: It is Alan, but what a good suggestion you have made for the use of the ear trumpets smile
It is a dreadful mish-mash of styles and materials, isn't it?
Brian Walbey: It is Tom but sometimes it is good to be different from the norm, and it has a lot of history.
  • lisl
  • England
  • 24 Feb 2012, 16:38
I seee from your response to Chris, that we have some similar delights to come, Brian. That is some amzing triple-decker!
Brian Walbey: It is indeed Lisl, you'll have to wait a few weeks to see what else is coming up.
Two more wonderful images. What an interesting place. (:o)
Brian Walbey: Thanks Rosalyn, it is a fine church to visit.
  • John Prior
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 24 Feb 2012, 17:31
An interesting construction of hierarchy. Very good shots Brian.
Brian Walbey: Thanks John, yes the man who matters at the top, no falling asleep while he's giving a sermon.
This is a fantastic presentation Brian... i guess that the minister had everybody's attention from that height....petersmile
Brian Walbey: He no doubt did Peter, and he could also see everybody, no nodding off during the sermon!
I insist, the guinness of interiorism should be awarded here!
Brian Walbey: Yes indeed Juan.
From that pulpit the minister could have seen anything that was going on in the pews. No secret Sunday hand-holding!
The church officers could get away with even less, they were right under the minister's eyes.
Brian Walbey: Secret Sunday hand holding Sheila, what did you get up to when you were a young girlsmile
that triple decker pulpit is not the place to have a stage fright
Brian Walbey: No hiding from the congregation is there.

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