Tuesday, 13 July 2010
Shadows of Former Things Part III
Site of a former side altar at Glentham in Lincolnshire, an arched niche that probably contained a panel of a reredos and beside it a bracket for an image. How tantalising these remains are, but sadly so difficult to put in any true context without any documentary evidence of the imagery they contained and supported.
Above the south porch at Glentham is something much rarer, a weathered fifteenth century image of Our Lady of Pity, a Pieta. Below it are the arms of the Tourney family of Caenby, who presumably paid for the porch.
Further north near Brigg Lincolnshire is the rather rustic and isolated church at Cadney. One of the Norman nave pillars of the south arcade has been adapted in the fourteenth century in order to admit a bracket and canopy for a long-lost image.