English Church Architecture
July 30, 2012 10:29 PM   Subscribe

English churches can be very picturesque. People have very strong opinions about their favorites. They can be colorfully decorated with painted walls,(previously) or filled with strange animals carvings! There is a complex architectural terminology devoted to the details of their construction.

I started reading about the subject from The Churchwarden's Manual, moved on to The Ground Plan of the English Parish Church, then read about Pews, Their Origin and Legal Incidents.

It all started with a Netflix binge on Bless Me, Father.
posted by winna (13 comments total) 36 users marked this as a favorite
... or even more disturbing carvings on the ends of benches...
posted by Harvey Kilobit at 10:42 PM on July 30, 2012

Somebody(ies) has been working for years on Wikipedia to create good articles for every old church in England. For example: List of churches preserved by the Churches Conservation Trust in Southeast England. More. Probably Peter Vardy.
posted by stbalbach at 11:01 PM on July 30, 2012

From the architectural terminology link: Indigo Jones Period

Well, no. There was no era in English church construction where people really wanted dark blue churches. There was, however, this guy. Odd that the page breaks off a section just for Jones and then doesn't really say much of anything about Ruskin's later influence.
posted by LionIndex at 11:06 PM on July 30, 2012

And did those feet in ancient time
Walk upon England's mountains green?

Blake built that poem on the ancient story that a young Jesus, accompanied by his uncle Joseph of Arimathea, a tin merchant, travelled to the area that is now England and visited Glastonbury during Jesus' lost years..

I hope that's true, because I like the idea that Jesus would visit England, particularly Glastonbury, which has many fine hotels and a music festival.

I like the idea that The Savior took a little down time, a little rest and relaxation, away from his duties as the Son of God, to unwind, have a nice breakfast, and sleep in until noon in Glastonbury.
posted by twoleftfeet at 12:39 AM on July 31, 2012 [1 favorite]

Indigo Jones Period.

Followed on from the Purpledicular.
posted by Segundus at 12:52 AM on July 31, 2012 [5 favorites]

Love the painted walls link, especially the 'Special Cases and Unclassifiable Subjects'. An hour which brings one the Legend of the Hairy Anchorite is an hour well spent, I feel.
posted by Segundus at 1:01 AM on July 31, 2012

Followed on from the Purpledicular.

I do believe there's a cream for that...
posted by hardcode at 2:04 AM on July 31, 2012

The paintings at Pittington are almost wonderful.

I also have something about Sompting tower. It's so oddly great.
posted by Jehan at 3:04 AM on July 31, 2012

Yes, the architectural terminology link is truly awful, full of howlers. For some reason it comes up as no. 3 on a Google search for 'English church architecture' -- I don't know why, when there are so many better and more accurate sources of information. For a more reliable guide, try the research resources on the Ecclesiological Society website.
posted by verstegan at 3:05 AM on July 31, 2012

Going to have to devote some serious time to links in the OP and this thread. I do love old English churches.
posted by immlass at 9:11 AM on July 31, 2012

I'm going to be spending some time with this, but have to question the use of Comic Sans ("the font of champions" according to Scaryduck).
posted by Boggins at 9:42 AM on July 31, 2012

As a militant atheist I happily admit that I find old English churches to be quite wonderful. The Church of St. Mary and All Saints at Fotheringhay is one of my favourites. There are many more.
posted by Decani at 10:37 AM on July 31, 2012

Nice post winna, informative and interesting. Thanks.
posted by nickyskye at 3:53 PM on July 31, 2012

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