Monday, 28 March 2011

Here is an encaustic antidote

to the 70s Lenten array I posted earlier. Henry Thorold described the chancel at Waithe in Lincolnshire with its tad excessive Minton tiling as all 'shining and polychromatic like a Turkish Bath'. In 1861 George Haigh of Grainsby commisioned Louth architect James Fowler to rebuild the derelict medieval church at Waithe as a family mausoleum. Fowler built a complete new church in the Early English style around the remaining Saxo-Norman tower of the late 11th century. As well as the elaborate encuastic tile work in the chancel, Fowler incorporated into the decoration lozenge shaped memorials to members of the Haigh family who are buried in a vault beneath.

Contemporary Lenten array

Below are some images of a more contemporary (well sort of 70s) set of Lenten hangings from Stoke D'Abernon in Surrey.  The photos come from the Flickr archive of SarumSleuth

Stoke D'Abernon, Surrey, St Mary

Stoke D'Abernon, Surrey, St Mary

Sunday, 13 March 2011

Grantham Lent array


At the glorious fourteenth century church of St Wulfram in Grantham, Lincolnshire is this dramatic example of Lenten array photographed here by SarumSleuth.  The array entirely coveres George Gilbert Scott's magnificent towering reredos.


Photo by Allikevel

The array also extends to the side altars and includes this lovely frontal on the lady chapel by the Warham Guild, which is rather striking in its mixture of red and blue stencilling.


Saturday, 12 March 2011

Lenten array 2011

Christ Church Staincliffe

The ancient western custom of covering altars and images with Lenten array and Lenten veils has been covered on this blog a number of times.  If you want to know more about the custom and its purpose look at the article here and further examples of it see here, here and here.  It was a custom that seemed to be in decline, but recently there have been one of two revivals of it.  The first few images here are of the array introduced by Fr Anthony Howe at Christ Church Staincliffe in the West Riding of Yorkshire.  An old stencilled frontal was acquired for the high altar and new veils made to go with it.   The last image comes courtesy of Fr David Ackerman and shows the high altar at Windrush in Gloucestershire.  The frontal is an old Warham Guild frontal long unused that he found hidden in a chest in the church and reused for the first time this Lent.  The altar arrangement with the riddel posts is a recent revival of the old arrangement and dates from 2010. 

Christ Church Staincliffe

Christ Church Staincliffe

Windrush, Gloucestershire