Wednesday, 21 December 2011

Sagittarius Rising

A worn capital on St Lawrence's Church tower has been replace by a newly carved relief showing the astrological sign of Sagittarius the Archer on the right, and three further figures. I have included the unrestored capital next to it in the picture as a contrast to the repair. There is no indication who is responsible for this skillfully carved new addition, although a notice on the other side of the tower indicates it is maintained by the Redundant Churches Fund.


  1. The new addition fits in well. Nice to see the contrast.

  2. It's fascinating. If you get around to it, would you mind letting us know what a "Redundant Churches Fund" is? What I really need clarification on is the "redundant churches" part!

  3. The Redundant Churches Fund is a charitable organisation now known as the Churches Conservation Trust. It looks after the fabric of Churches no longer used by the Church of England. The churches are often of historic or architectural merit and remain consecrated, but are rarely used for worship.

  4. Thanks, Deb. Very interesting and thank goodness they do it because the buildings are so precious.


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