St Wendreda's Church Musician Angels

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All photographs are copyright Malcolm Grant Purvis of fellsphoto.co.uk and may not be used without permission.

 

All the saints as viewed from the tower to the chancel.

The rainbows are caused by internal reflections in the mirror lens used to photograph them.

 

SE corner : Sir Anthony Hansart giving blessing and holding a scroll of dedication
NE corner : thought to be Hansart's 2nd wife Alice but male dress and hair suggests this could be in fact his son


SE corner : described as Alice on the chart, but clearly not. Possibly Sir Anthony Hansart giving his blessing and holding unrolled scroll of dedication

OR

Depicted as giving a blessing would suggest this is a priest, in which case the prime suspect must be Cardinal Wolsey who conferred the Indulgence (permission) for the expansion of the church and the installation of the angel roof.

The brass tells us that Hansart is assistant to Robert Southwell, Kings Counsellor and brother to his late wife Kathryn. Acknowledging your patron would be appropriate social etiquette and so consolidate his position at court.

 

NE corner : original thought to represent Sir Anthony Hansart, the other figure being his 2nd wife Alice.
However, both figures are obviously male in apparel, hair and cap, so neither can be Alice. So, if the left-hand figure is Anthony then this could possibly be his son (i.e. the child depicted in the brass, if it was a son and if he survived).

OR

As he is holding up the scroll of Wolsey's Indulgence then this does indeed represent Sir Anthony, which leads to the conclusion that the other, if interpreted as a priest giving his blessing on the work, is most likely Cardinal Wolsey.

1st pillar north : St Stephen with stones and book 1st pillar south : St Lawrence with book and grid iron
1st pillar north side : St Stephen with stones 1st pillar south side : St Lawrence with grid iron
2nd pillar north : St Barthomolnew with knife and book 2nd pillar south : St Thomas with book
2nd pillar north side : St Bartholomew with flaying knife 2nd pillar south side : St Thomas with book
3rd pillar north : St James the Great with staff 4th pillar south : St Andrew with Cross
3rd pillar north side : St James the Great with staff 3rd pillar south side : St Andrew with cross
4th pillar north : St John with blessing and cup with serpent 3rd pillar south : St James the Less with club
4th pillar north side : St John with blessing and cup with serpent 4th pillar south side : St James the Less with club
5th pillar north : the Virgin Mary 4th pillar south : St Matthew with globe and book
5th pillar north side : the Virgin Mary 5th pillar south side :  St Matthew with blessing and globe
6th pillar north : St Peter with key 6th pillar south : St Paul with sword and book
6th pillar north side : St Peter with book and key and with his eyes shut 6th pillar south side : St Paul with sword and book
5th pillar north : St Simon with fish  7th pillar south side : St Jude with boat
7th pillar north side : St Simon with fish, also with his eyes shut 7th pillar south side : St Jude with boat
6th pillar north : St Phillip with loaves  8th pillar south side : St Matthias with book
8th pillar north side : St Phillip with book and loaves 8th pillar south side : St Matthias
NE corner : St Wendreda with book and two doves at her feet  SE corner : St Etheldreda with crown and book
NE corner : St Wendreda holding book and with two doves at her feet NW corner : St Etheldreda with crown and book

 

 

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