IN SEARCH OF MEDIEVAL INSPIRATION: PART 2(iii)
Figures 52-54 show the magnificent oak beam, early 15th century access points, to the bells and towers of Salle Church, Cawston Church and Wiveton Church, respectively.
Figure 55 shows carved wooden benches from Wiggenhall St. Mary. Dated from the 1400s, they are said to be the finest in England. The oldest benches lie south of the nave, whilst those dated to the 1500s lie north of the nave. Sitting in these heavy and elaborate benches requires a straight back – good for the posture no doubt, but one cannot but think that they kept parishioners alert during lengthy, dreary sermons too!
Fig. 57 Fig. 58 Fig. 59
Figures 56-59 show 15th century bench ends from Thornham Church.
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Fig. 63 Fig. 64 Fig. 65
Figures 60–64 mark work of the 15th century from Wiggenhall St. Mary Church; Figure 65, from the 16th century. Other carvings of the 16th century I have encountered come from the sanctuary at St. Nicholas Chapel, King’s Lynn (Figs. 66–71).
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Fig. 69 Fig. 70 Fig. 71
Figure 72 is one end of a 15th century bench. The light in Wiggenhall St. Mary Church was very bright, making photography of bench ends difficult, as each end faced large Perpendicular Period aisle windows. The above was my best effort.