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photoblog image St Michael's Church Salwarpe near Droitwich

St Michael's Church Salwarpe near Droitwich

the earliest part of the present church is the nave arcade, dating from the 12th century. The north aisle is mid-14th-century work, and the south of a few years later.

Traces of flying buttresses on the walls of both aisles, and carried across to the western piers, seem to point to the existence of a tower earlier than the present aisles, whose eastern arch, at some date after 1350, was in danger of spreading. The north and south walls of this tower being within the church would have formed bays similar to those of the arcade, but not in line with them.

¶In the middle of the 15th century a new tower was built immediately to the west of the older one, but not connected with it and not in line with the nave and previous tower. The older tower was then removed and the new one connected with the west ends of the aisle walls, and finally the north and south arches of the old tower were replaced by a continuation of the nave arcade built outside them. In order to keep these new bays of approximately equal width the responds were necessarily of unequal projection, and part of the last pier on the south side was cut away.

The present chancel was built in 1848. The east window is of three lights, with a two-light window in the south wall and one of one light on the north. Under a recess on the north side is a fine late 14th-century effigy of a priest in mass vestments holding 2 chalice.

 

For more info

http://www.british-history.ac.uk/vch/worcs/vol3/pp205-210#p23

St Michael's Church Salwarpe near Droitwich

the earliest part of the present church is the nave arcade, dating from the 12th century. The north aisle is mid-14th-century work, and the south of a few years later.

Traces of flying buttresses on the walls of both aisles, and carried across to the western piers, seem to point to the existence of a tower earlier than the present aisles, whose eastern arch, at some date after 1350, was in danger of spreading. The north and south walls of this tower being within the church would have formed bays similar to those of the arcade, but not in line with them.

¶In the middle of the 15th century a new tower was built immediately to the west of the older one, but not connected with it and not in line with the nave and previous tower. The older tower was then removed and the new one connected with the west ends of the aisle walls, and finally the north and south arches of the old tower were replaced by a continuation of the nave arcade built outside them. In order to keep these new bays of approximately equal width the responds were necessarily of unequal projection, and part of the last pier on the south side was cut away.

The present chancel was built in 1848. The east window is of three lights, with a two-light window in the south wall and one of one light on the north. Under a recess on the north side is a fine late 14th-century effigy of a priest in mass vestments holding 2 chalice.

 

For more info

http://www.british-history.ac.uk/vch/worcs/vol3/pp205-210#p23

comments (12)

  • Martine
  • France
  • 15 Mar 2016, 01:29
Elle est belle avec son clocher qui ressemble à  une tour de château.
Bill Phillips: Il est pas rare de voir une tour comme celui-ci sur une église Martine
A lovely atmospheric shot Bill! Thank you for the interesting words.
Bill Phillips: Pleased you enjoyed it Richard
  • Chris
  • England
  • 15 Mar 2016, 07:06
Very nice too, a splendid image and information
Bill Phillips: I am obliged to you oh great one
fantastic shot !
Bill Phillips: Pleased you think so Massimo
My parish church is a St. Michael's.
Bill Phillips: Famous here for being the patron saint of underpants.......
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 15 Mar 2016, 10:26
It is not usual to see flowers planted around the graves in England. The sky looks threatening. It will be raining, we are nr. Droitwich, sorry.
Bill Phillips: Now you mention it I think you are right Philine. It isn't a common sight
A fine image ruined only by that tree sailing out of the top of the picture. I would have moved my position to create an even better compo with the tree out of shot to the left.
Bill Phillips: I did actually contemplate doing something with that tree as it annoys me. I could have made it shorter....
A very nicely composed shot Bill, you certainly have some nice village churches round your way.
Bill Phillips: There are some very nice ones and most are open
  • Alan
  • United Kingdom
  • 15 Mar 2016, 15:46
I lke the composition here. All the graves seem to point towards the tower of the church. I used to have St Michael underwear when I was young.
Bill Phillips: The patron Saint of underpants
  • blackdog
  • United Kingdom
  • 15 Mar 2016, 21:05
Chad's tree critic made me smile. A pleasing shot despite the trees desperately trying to leave the frame.

A little HDR whiffling going on here perhaps?
Bill Phillips: I could have fiddled but it is only really a record shot that I will never look at again

Yes. I was trying out my new camera and wanted to see how it did
Great threatening sky, Bill!
Bill Phillips: Happily it didn't rain Tom
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 17 Mar 2016, 08:24
Nice one, Bill.

That clock is a bit understated, isn't it.
Bill Phillips: I suppose it does its job

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