Saturday, 8 November 2008
Alterations on the cheap
Sometimes the decisions medieval masons made, just make me chuckle. This fifteenth century alteration to a fourteenth century window in the chancel at Welwick in Holderness, Yorkshire, is just such an example. I suppose as a thrifty way of getting extra light on the high altar without spending a vast amount of money it was a success, but as a piece of architecture it is an abject failure.
Welwick is a super church, not as famous as its neighbour at Patrington, but well worth a visit if you like texture rather than grand architecture. The brick south porch incorporates a grand fifteenth century canopied image niche, which still shelters the headless figure of the Virgin and Child.