St Wendreda's angel roof was installed almost 500 years ago in 1527 in the 18th year of the reign of Henry VIII.
This is a record of the 2015 project to photograph in detail the amazing and unique example of medieval wood carving found in this North Cambridgeshire Fenland church.
It is an immense task, the work is still in progress, and this website will be subject to change and continuing review.
Including new discoveries and interpretations such as finding St John's little dragon in his cup and that 'Christ Glorified' is in fact the Virgin Mary.
All photographs are copyright Malcolm Grant Purvis of fellsphoto.co.uk and may not be used without permission.
Scroll down to find the links to all the Saints and Angels as well as the stained glass and the views from the tower and many other things of interest.
St Wendreda's Church. This dramatic HDR image has been prepared in 16x9 format, 1080p, as a computer desktop background for you to download.
(Save the image (right-click & save image) then navigate to it ('StWendreda'sChurch_desktop-background') in Explore (the file directory). Right click on the file and select 'Set as desktop background'.)
Photography in St Wendreda's Church is challenging. The dynamic range (the difference between the brightest and darkest areas of a picture) is far beyond the capabilities of any camera.
The church and, in particular the chancel, is dark, contrasted by intense light through the high clerestory windows.
Whilst this illuminates the musicians on the north side, those on the south side are relatively poorly lit, as well as the observer suffering from intense glare when looking up at them.
The glare is also the reason that many visitors are not aware of the saints standing on their plinths above each of the musicians.
The angels in the roof itself, often dismissed as being 'like birds', implies that the observer has not seen that they each carry symbols of the crucifixion or the symbols of the guild that sponsored them.
Wendreda and Etheldreda are so high up as for it to be almost impossible to see their features: Wendreda being in near darkness.
The benefactors who paid for the roof, the Hansarts, standing high in the dark corners of the west (tower) end of the building, are generally overlooked.
As for the devil: few can even find him, much less discern his features.
These photographs allow you to view this unique treasure of English wood carving not possible with the naked eye.
|musician angels (1995)||saints and angels (2015)|
|the Church : interiors and exteriors||the stained glass|
|the Church in vintage postcards||March town|
|NEW 30th May : panoramas from the Church Tower||NEW 6th June : new images incl. the font|
|NEW 15th June : all the angel musicians on the north side||NEW 15th June : new exteriors|
|NEW 23rd June : angel musicians on the south side||NEW 21st June : all the saints - both sides|
|NEW 1st July : faces of the angel musicians on the north side||NEW 1st July : faces of the angel musicians on the south side|
St Wendreda's Shop : suggestions for postcards & T-shirts
|possible race routes|
Anthony Hansart being responsible for the installation of the angel roof.
"Here lyeth Katryn wife to Antony Hansart syst to ye Robard
Southevelt knight and counceler to ye Kyng Henry ye VII and to
Kyng Henry VIII on whose soules (1Hn) have mercy Amen
Which Katyn died ye 7 day Septemb Adm MV +VII"
('Southevelt' is Southewell given that Kathryn is wearing
the Southewell coat of arms)
(click on the brass for enlargement)
The angel roof seen from the pulpit.
for full screen enlargement close bookmarks then click in picture
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this page launched 11th April 2015 : last modified 6th November 2015