IN SEARCH OF MEDIEVAL INSPIRATION: PART 5(iv)
Figure 64 shows a detail of a devil (with horns) in a boot that comes from the excellent 15th century rood screen at Gateley Church. The man holding the boot is Saint John Schorne (a lesser known English saint who was not officially canonized) and the colour is original (Fig. 65). The devil may represent gout, which Schorne, a clergyman, is said to have been able to cure.
Fig. 66 Fig. 67
Fig. 68 Fig. 69
Fig. 70 Fig. 71
Figures 66-71 show the original 15th century colour from figures from the rood screen at Gateley Church.
Figures 72-75 show 14th century glass from the north aisles windows at North Elmham Church.
Fig. 76 Fig. 77
Fig. 78 Fig. 79
Finally, I re-visit Norman fonts with three further examples. The first comes from South Wootton (Figs. 76-79 – facing south, east, north and west, respectively), which Morlock and Roberts described as ‘stupendous … it stands on eight columns round a centre shaft, and the carved bowl has a huge and fearsome mask at each corner’ (1985: 121) or ‘angry eyes at each corner’ (Harrod & Linnell, 1966: 83) (Fig. 80).
Fig. 81 Fig. 82
Fig. 83 Fig. 84
Fig. 86 Fig. 87
The second comes from Castle Rising (Figs. 81-84 – facing south, east, north and west, respectively), with three animal masks on the west face (Fig. 85 (detail) and interlacing patterns. I also show two corner heads (Figs. 86 & 87).
Fig. 88 Fig. 89
Fig. 90 Fig. 91
The third comes from Burnham Norton (Figs. 88-91 – facing south, east, north and west, respectively). This a large font on four short legs with different designs on each face (Figs. 92 & 93, for example).
Fig. 92 Fig. 93
Figure 94 shows the Burnham Norton font in situ.
Harrod, W. & Linnell, C.L.S. (1966) Shell Guide to Norfolk (Faber & Faber).
Mortlock, D.P. & Roberts, C.V. (1981) The Popular Guide to Norfolk Churches 1: North –East Norfolk (Acorn Editions).
Mortlock, D.P. & Roberts, C.V. (1985) The Popular Guide to Norfolk Churches 3: West and South-West Norfolk (Acorn Editions).