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photoblog image St.Wystan's, Repton 5/7

St.Wystan's, Repton 5/7

So to the inside of St.Wystan’s Church, Repton. The Anglo-Saxon church was cruciform and may have had a tower over its central crossing. The nave has Medieval Gothic north and south aisles that were rebuilt in the 13th century and widened early in the 14th century. The west tower and recessed spire were added in 1340. In the 15th century the nave clerestory with its timber roof and the two-storey porch were built and the tower windows were altered. Monuments inside the church include an alabaster effigy of a knight from about 1400 and monuments to members of the Thacker family from 1563 and 1710. The church was restored between 1885 and 1886 by Arthur Blomfield.  I'm not sure about those modern lights in this setting and do wonder what the door in the wall above the chancel is all about.

St.Wystan's, Repton 5/7

So to the inside of St.Wystan’s Church, Repton. The Anglo-Saxon church was cruciform and may have had a tower over its central crossing. The nave has Medieval Gothic north and south aisles that were rebuilt in the 13th century and widened early in the 14th century. The west tower and recessed spire were added in 1340. In the 15th century the nave clerestory with its timber roof and the two-storey porch were built and the tower windows were altered. Monuments inside the church include an alabaster effigy of a knight from about 1400 and monuments to members of the Thacker family from 1563 and 1710. The church was restored between 1885 and 1886 by Arthur Blomfield.  I'm not sure about those modern lights in this setting and do wonder what the door in the wall above the chancel is all about.

comments (24)

  • Frances
  • United States
  • 12 Apr 2013, 01:02
Stunning shot Brian! The angle and light is simply wonderful. smile
Brian Walbey: Thanks Frances, and so lucky there wasn't anybody else walking about.
  • vintage
  • Australia
  • 12 Apr 2013, 03:32
I agree the light do look a little out of place
Brian Walbey: It's not so much the actual lights but the way they break the shape of each arch I don't like much.
There has been a lot of stonework repairs done above the high altar over the centuries Brian... nicely framed....petersmile
Brian Walbey: Yes I guess that part must have been altered and/or repaired a few times Peter.
Beautiful stone work!
Brian Walbey: Indeed Elizabeth, I like that they are all different sizes and shapes.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 12 Apr 2013, 07:49
an impressive church with an interesting stone wall leading to the altar - where might the door in the wall lead to? In winter time it might be icy cold here?
Brian Walbey: A very interesting wall isn't it Philine. Lisl seems to think that little door might have led to the top of the Rood Screen which would have been across the front of the chancel at some time.
Great capture Brian. I love the simplicity here!
Brian Walbey: Thanks Richard, it is certainly an attractively plain church allowing one to enjoy the stonework.
  • Ginnie
  • Netherlands
  • 12 Apr 2013, 08:05
It's those little details, Brian, that add so much. I even wonder about those radiators being so obnoxious like that! I guess being utilitarian is sometimes more important?
Brian Walbey: A lot of churches have these really old style radiators Ginnie, I don't like them being there but at least they aren't modern white ones!
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 12 Apr 2013, 08:12
Brilliant picture, I always love the inside of churches, all look so different.
Wonder how those heaters and the wood benches go together....
Brian Walbey: Yes every church is different Astrid, some very flamboyant and others plain like this one. At least the radiators are old style and dark, not modern and white.
  • Lisl
  • England
  • 12 Apr 2013, 08:25
The little door would have given access to the Rood Screen above the Chancel Arch -it was sometimes possible to walk along behind the Rood. Somewhere in the Church there should be a stairway or blocked stairway for access. Most Rood Screens were destroyed at the Reformation
Brian Walbey: Had I have known that about the Rood Screen I would have looked for the stairway you suggest might be there somewhere.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 12 Apr 2013, 08:30
There is a lot of history here Brian
Brian Walbey: Indeed Chris, as there is with the Repton School next door.
A great interior, I agree that often modern lighting does not fit in, a pity really as there are more subtle alternatives available.
Brian Walbey: It's not so much the actual lights but the way they break the shape of each arch I don't like much.
Some cracking plumbing in the foreground. I don't mind the lights, let's face it most churches are a mish mash of bits from various centuries
Brian Walbey: It's not so much the actual lights but the way they break the shape of each arch I don't like much, but the radiators are o.k., although they wouldn't be if they were modern white ones.
That back stone wall looks really worn and old. A bit scary to me.
Brian Walbey: It's obviously had a lot of repairs/alterations over the centuries I would think.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 12 Apr 2013, 12:02
To Lisl: "In 1792 ...It was apparently in the same year that the rood screen and most of the stained glass that had survived the Reformation were destroyed."
http://www.reptonchurch.org.uk/Buildings.htm
Brian Walbey: Thanks for this Philine, I didn't somehow manage to find this website, I will certainly read it in full.
  • Alan
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 12 Apr 2013, 12:28
You have a good skill at lighting in the interiors of churches very well. I'm sure my interior shot of this church is nowhere near as bright.
Brian Walbey: There wasn't any lights on at all Alan, just a bit lucky with the light coming through the windows I guess.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 12 Apr 2013, 13:04
I found interesting information added by pictures: "This wooden door high up in the chancel is a modern doorway leading to a rood loft, where holy relics would have been kept in Anglo Saxon days and displayed to the congregation from a platform on SaintÂ’s days" http://www.landshapes.org/newsandevents/news/ReptonChurchWalk2.php
Brian Walbey: Thanks again Philine, some more for me to read, this seems to answer the question about that little door.
The pews and walkway look oddly off-centre in this Brian, and I'm sure it's not you!
Brian Walbey: Indeed they do Fred, I don't know quite why because Sundays final image is looking back straight down the church and they look equidistant in that shot.
  • John Prior
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 12 Apr 2013, 14:21
Another good church interior Brian
Brian Walbey: Thanks very much John.
  • gutteridge
  • where latitude and attitude meet
  • 12 Apr 2013, 15:16
Interesting to see that rubble stone portion of wall which suggests that it was covered in lime plaster at one stage Brian.
Brian Walbey: There certainly must have been a lot of repairs/rebuilds in that area.
I like all the old stonework Brian, a great shot smile
Brian Walbey: There's some lovely old stone there isn't there.
Wonderful stonework Bran
Brian Walbey: Indeed and very old some of it I think.
Obviously a lot of changes.
Brian Walbey: Looking at that stonework I quite agree Tom.
I see what you mean. The lighting, pews and radiators could be more sympathetic to that lovely stone work.
Brian Walbey: I don't mind the pews, and at least the radiators are old fashioned, but it is the modern style lights in front of the apex of each arch that I don't like.
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 16 Apr 2013, 04:23
Love the back wall!
Brian Walbey: Yes it's obviously been repaired/changed quite a bit.

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