Wednesday, 5 May 2010

Powdered arches

Down Ampney, Gloucestershire is the birthplace of Ralph Vaughan Williams. The beautiful village church has a transitional north arcade, c.1200, with very early stiff leaf capitals. The arches are delightfully stencilled with a rather erratic powdering of ochre roses. This decoration is so wonderfully rustic and haphazard, notice the stencilling of the centre arch hasn't even been completed!

5 comments:

BillyD said...

Any idea as to when the stenciling dates?

Davis d'Ambly said...

Notably it's also present on the north (later) arcade.

Allan Barton said...

Indeed it is Davis, they really went to town with it. To hazard a guess I suspect it's late 13th or early 14th century.

Minnie said...

Despite loving Ralph Vaughan Williams's music, have never visited his birthplace. What a fascinating and enlightening introduction to his father's chuch. The stencilling looks rather timeless: beautiful.

Daniel Graves said...

Thanks for the photos. Down Ampney is my favourite tune. Nice to have some visuals associated with it now.
Fr. Dan