All photographs are copyright Malcolm Grant Purvis of fellsphoto.co.uk and may not be used without permission.
The font and Hansart monumental brass.
The Hocking memorial.
musician with shawm beneath St Bartholomew
musician with clarion beneath St James the Great (north side 3rd from left)
St Wendreda ...... and in alternate lighting
Below: saints and angels viewed from the bell-chamber:
the Devil (north side 1st in from the E wall above St Philip
St James the Great with staff & book (north side 3rd from left St Stephen carrying the stones of his martyrdom & book (north side 1st from left)
l to r : lower half of the Christ (portative organ); St Peter (key) (pipe & drum); St Simon (harp) (flute); St Philip (loaf of bread)(flute); St Wendreda (Rebec)
Previously photographs like this could only have one saint in sharp focus. Now it's possible with a Photoshop technique to combine multiple images and so have them all sharp.
(My apologies to the little guy peeping in at right - I missed him!)
l to r : Queen Etheldreda (crown & book)(rebec); St Matthias (flute)(portative organ); St Jude (boat)(harp); St Paul (sword & book)(pipe & drum); lower half of St Mathew (globe)(clavicymbol)
Now we know what to look for the serpent's head can be seen in the view from below although, in reality, it is so dark it's unlikely any in the congregation would see it.
The figure at left depicts St John blessing the poisoned chalice given him by the priest at Ephesus to test his faith.
Viewed from the Ringing Chamber the serpent's head can be seen emerging from the cup.
The figure on the right is described on the plan as 'Christ Glorified with crown'.
This identity must be questioned. All the saints, musicians and guild angels have male hair in three locks as we see here.
This figure with the crown is unique in having long wavy hair, as well as what appears to be what we might politely call a bosom.
Also the dress is styled differently to the saints, hanging in four folds identical to Wendreda's.
Conclusion: surely this must represent the Virgin Mary?
St John and the Virgin Mary viewed from the bell chamber. The snake can clearly be seen emerging from John's cup.
A Guild sponsored angel : does the box he carries denote a brick maker?
~ ~ ~
appcott gateway > St Wendreda's Church > new images
this page launched 6th June 2015 : last modified 19th June 2015