That is most unusual! I can't say I've ever come across this same combination of symbols before. But I would take a stab at it and say that the tracks symbolize the human journey through life. What do you think?
I think I remember seeing a reference to eternity, something without a beginning or end. I like the journey interpretation though
Well, if the stag represents Christ and the cross holds out the promise of eternal life, then maybe the circular does in some sense represent the believer's eternal life/journey with God. Interesting!
Gorgeous! Railway track to commemorate opening of York station sometime in 19C?
The tiles might be older than the railway..... perhaps a glimpse into the future Chrissy!
Lovely! And with regards to that circle, I wonder if it is some kind of protection ... you know, against evil spirits and such ....
Oh yes, that is another good idea.
I have no idea on this one, Deb!
Never mind, I am still impressed with your hagiographic knowledge!
Perhaps it's supposed to represent a fence....
The first thing that comes to mind is a fence...
Deb, I have just found your wonderful blog, a couple of years too late. It is indeed a fence and is meant to represent a hunting park. Think 13th Century noblemen going out for a day's stag hunting. If you look at the stags on the tiles you will see each one is being pursued by a dog or hound. In the arms of the City of Derby you will see someting very similar, "Argent on a Mount Vert within Park Palings a Buck lodged between two Oak Trees fructed proper." http://www.civicheraldry.co.uk/derby.JPG "The stag at rest amid palings, known locally as 'the buck in the park', has been a badge of the City from time immemorial, and may have been derived from the white hart badge of Richard II"http://www.civicheraldry.co.uk/derbys.htmlIf you do a Google search for images on "The Mystic Capture of the Unicorn Tapestries" you will find this was a common depiction of park railings, although your example in encaustic tiles has a much more limited amount of detail available. Hope you still read the comments. Regards. John
John I do still have an email alert for any comments posted, I was delighted to receive your informative comments and links. Armed with my new knowledge I will revisit All Saints and take a look at the wider picture to see if any references to Derby or family coat of arms nearby.Many thanks, Deb
Deb, that's excellent news. I also must pay a visit to the chuch. It is many years since I was last in there. John
Deb, I have visited All Saints now. I had not appreciated from your photo how highly glazed the tiles were. They are not the medieval tiles I thought, but brand new (2012) tiles. These have been made to recreate medieval tiles known to have been in use in All Saints, although the samples in the nearby display case had no discernible pattern on them.Church warden Robert Richards said the new floor would be the first medieval-style pavement laid in an English church for more than 400 years. http://www.yorkpress.co.uk/news/9820304.York_church_to_be_restored_to_15th_century_form/?ref=rssThere are a number of examples of hunting scenes on medieval tiles elsewhere. Regards. John
Thanks for the update John, how interesting, I took the floor photo some time ago so details a bit hazy. I last visited the outside of the church a couple of months ago. I was passing early Sunday morning and most unusually the side gate was open so I took the opportunity to walk down and take some photos of the hermit cell. Reconstructed in the early 20th century it has recently been re-restored. Usually this is hidden from public view but having seen the squint from inside the church I wanted to see what the accommodation looked like from the outside. Regards, Deb
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