Tuesday, 13 July 2010

Shadows of Former Things Part III

Glentham, Lincolnshire

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. 

Glentham, Lincolnshire

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. 

Cadney, Lincolnshire

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. 

2 comments:

BillyD said...

Why keep the brackets up without the images? Or did they use them for other things - flowers or memorials or something?

Allan Barton said...

I suspect it was too much effort to remove them. It would have involved some remedial work to make good the pillar or the wall.