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photoblog image A church like a cosy living room on a stormy day

A church like a cosy living room on a stormy day

 

Whereas the most people on the stormy (Storm 'Ciara'; in Germany 'Sabine') and rainy last sunday stayed at home, our garden group (26 persons) was very, very kindly welcomed with tea, coffee and cake in Elkstone Church "St. John the Evangelist" by some members of the community. It is a very active, "low church" community as the lady said to me, she informed us from the pulpit about the history and architecture of this famous church in Gloucestershire.

"Elkstone is one of the great Norman churches. It dates from about 1160, some 20 years later than Kilpeck in Herefordshire with which it is often compared.  ... The sanctuary is pure Norman and a real delight, comparable with that of Kilpeck. The original tower arch and the sanctuary arch both have straightforward Norman zig-zag mouldings surrounded by courses of pellet and billet moulding respectively. The tower arch, however, also  has two delightful dragon-head stops. similar to those on the west door of Bishops Cleeve, also in Gloucestershire. The east window is surrounded by more Norman moulding, this time with a pretty floral design inset between the courses of zig-zag. There is an elaborately-carved boss at the intersection of the four plain ribs of the sanctuary vault. Altogether, the sanctuary and the old tower arch make a delightful unspoiled late Norman composition." A real delight is also the Norman tympanon of the south portal. On Friday I showed the tower in the rain. Later I'll post some more pictures of this beautiful Elkstone Church, "a prayer in stone", surrounded by carpets of snowdrops in the churchyard and a special neighbour snowdrop garden of a church member we were invited  to visit, too.

Originally I should meet some SCrs here, but we had to cancel our meeting because of the weather situation on last sunday.

A church like a cosy living room on a stormy day

 

Whereas the most people on the stormy (Storm 'Ciara'; in Germany 'Sabine') and rainy last sunday stayed at home, our garden group (26 persons) was very, very kindly welcomed with tea, coffee and cake in Elkstone Church "St. John the Evangelist" by some members of the community. It is a very active, "low church" community as the lady said to me, she informed us from the pulpit about the history and architecture of this famous church in Gloucestershire.

"Elkstone is one of the great Norman churches. It dates from about 1160, some 20 years later than Kilpeck in Herefordshire with which it is often compared.  ... The sanctuary is pure Norman and a real delight, comparable with that of Kilpeck. The original tower arch and the sanctuary arch both have straightforward Norman zig-zag mouldings surrounded by courses of pellet and billet moulding respectively. The tower arch, however, also  has two delightful dragon-head stops. similar to those on the west door of Bishops Cleeve, also in Gloucestershire. The east window is surrounded by more Norman moulding, this time with a pretty floral design inset between the courses of zig-zag. There is an elaborately-carved boss at the intersection of the four plain ribs of the sanctuary vault. Altogether, the sanctuary and the old tower arch make a delightful unspoiled late Norman composition." A real delight is also the Norman tympanon of the south portal. On Friday I showed the tower in the rain. Later I'll post some more pictures of this beautiful Elkstone Church, "a prayer in stone", surrounded by carpets of snowdrops in the churchyard and a special neighbour snowdrop garden of a church member we were invited  to visit, too.

Originally I should meet some SCrs here, but we had to cancel our meeting because of the weather situation on last sunday.

comments (7)

  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 16 Feb 2020, 02:23
Coffee and Cake helps everything more along in the right direction...
Philine: We often got coffee/tea and cake in England. Many thanks, Ray!
coffee and cake in a church is a nice idea, Philine. i like the collage, i think the one with the stained glass work is my favourite.
Philine: There are some fine stained glass windows in this little church. Many thanks, Ayush!
La tempête Ciara est passée , une autre a suivi et aujourdhui la nouvelle s'appelle Dennis .."3 tempêtes en une semaine...se refugier dans cette eglise doit être un endroit bien agreable pour se pauser ..
Merci pour les explications
Bonne journée
Philine: J'aime lire tes mots très agreeables - merci beucoup, Claudine!
  • Chris
  • England
  • 16 Feb 2020, 06:48
This is a most interesting place with delightful Norman features Philine.It has a calm and agreeable atmosphere In my wildest dreams I could not compare it to Kilpeck, which I'm sure you must have visited on your travels
Philine: I never visited Kilpeck. Yes, we saw the delightful Norman features and also the dovecote above. We enjoyed this very friendly atmosphere from the community members in this little church. Many thaks, Chris! We have now some strong winds here with rather mild temperatures.
A delightful building. It was such a shame we couldn't come to see you
Philine: Yes, it was a pity, but it was too stormy and rainy to drive the long way from Drotwich. Today we have new strong winds here. Claudine said: "three storms in one week", that is crazy. Many thanks, Bill, and enjoy your sunday en famille.
What a lovely little church, I'm so glad the people there made you feel so welcome, we try to do that at our church for visitors, sadly not all churches are so welcoming.
Philine: I can imagine how friendly you welcome visitors at your church. Elkstone Church was a wonderful experience. Many thanks, Brian!
You certainly got some lovely photographs.
Philine: Many thanks, Care!

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