11 April 2010

Sermons In Stone

The manor was taken from its owner at the time of the Conquest and the new Norman lord commanded that a church be built. Above the door to to the church, somebody began to carve a tree of life, but gave up after completing a bird pecking at the branch.

On some of the capitals of the pillars of the chancel arch, somebody tried to show a man struggling with the serpent, and of a woman holding it to her chest.

The window has been dated to around 1100: the capitals don't match.

It's not much of a success from an artistic or architectural point of view, but the imperfections have come because men lifted their eyes high and tried to achieve things that ended up being beyond them.

And 900 years later, it's still there.

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