Church - door -Stewkley Buck's
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Norfolk12
N 51° 55.620 W 000° 45.744
30U E 653852 N 5755284
Quick Description: A beautiful carved Norman Arched doorway to The parish church at Stewkley in Buck's, dedicated to St Michael and All Angels, is one of the least-altered of England's 6000 Norman churches.
Location: Eastern England, United Kingdom
Date Posted: 3/31/2011 4:36:59 AM
Waymark Code: WMB3GQ
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Jake39
Views: 2

Long Description:
St. Michael's church presents its west front to the road where the doorway has a typical Norman arch and a tympanum depicting dragons with twisted tails. The doorway is flanked on either side by blind arches, all with a double chevron ornament. The doorway on the south side has similar ornamentation and is protected by a Victorian porch added as part of a modest restoration by G. E. Street in the 1860s.

The chevron decoration continues inside the church as a freize at window cill height that follows the curve of the windows and over the arch to the tower and the chancel arch. Stewkley's growing population necessitated the building of a gallery in the space below the tower in 1621. The gallery was later removed when the west gallery was erected.

Apart from the Victorian restoration the only significant change to Stewkley church was the addition of a vestry in 1910. The diocesan architect positioned the structure a few feet south of the chancel and linked it by a small passageway so as to minimise the alteration to the original ground plan.
Type of material of the door: Other

Functional door?: Yes

Location of this door/way: Other

Is it accessable only by paid admission": No

Style: Other

Address or physical location:
Church of St Michael and All Angels, High Street Stewkley Buck's


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