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St Mary's Huntingfield 1

Thanks to Comrade Trim for taking us here. 

 

The ceiling is a masterpiece of Victorian church decoration, painted from end to end in brilliant colours, with carved and coloured angels, with banners, crowns and shields, all in the medieval style and of a most intricate and detailed finish.

The scheme of decoration is important as it reflects the ecclestiastical devotion of the late Victorian period clergy and their patrons, combined with the heightened liturgical practices of the Oxford Movement.

It was painted by Mildred Holland, the wife of William Holland who was rector for 44 years from 1848 until his death in 1892. The church was closed for eight months from September 1859 to April 1860 while she painted the chancel roof. Tradesmen provided scaffolding and prepared the ceiling for painting but there is no record to show that she had any help with the work, and legend has it that she did much of it lying on her back. We may imagine Victorian ladies wearing tight laced corsets and many petticoats, and wonder how she managed the ladders, scaffolding and hard labour of painting. She had an adviser on her schemes, a Mr. E. L. Blackburne F.S.A., an authority on medieval decoration.

 

 

St Mary's Huntingfield 1

Thanks to Comrade Trim for taking us here. 

 

The ceiling is a masterpiece of Victorian church decoration, painted from end to end in brilliant colours, with carved and coloured angels, with banners, crowns and shields, all in the medieval style and of a most intricate and detailed finish.

The scheme of decoration is important as it reflects the ecclestiastical devotion of the late Victorian period clergy and their patrons, combined with the heightened liturgical practices of the Oxford Movement.

It was painted by Mildred Holland, the wife of William Holland who was rector for 44 years from 1848 until his death in 1892. The church was closed for eight months from September 1859 to April 1860 while she painted the chancel roof. Tradesmen provided scaffolding and prepared the ceiling for painting but there is no record to show that she had any help with the work, and legend has it that she did much of it lying on her back. We may imagine Victorian ladies wearing tight laced corsets and many petticoats, and wonder how she managed the ladders, scaffolding and hard labour of painting. She had an adviser on her schemes, a Mr. E. L. Blackburne F.S.A., an authority on medieval decoration.

 

 

comments (10)

  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 11 Aug 2016, 04:44
Thanks to you for showing us this beautiful angel - and thanks to Mildred Holland for painting this wonderful ceiling!
Bill Phillips: It was unexpected and I am so pleased comrade Trim took us there
  • Chris
  • England
  • 11 Aug 2016, 06:35
She had real talent didn't she
Bill Phillips: It was quite breathtaking Chris
It makes you wonder Bill.
Bill Phillips: Ooh, it makes me wonder,
Ooh, it really makes me wonder.

And it's whispered that soon, if we all call the tune,
Then the piper will lead us to reason.
And a new day will dawn for those who stand long,
And the forests will echo with laughter.
  • Ray
  • Not United States
  • 11 Aug 2016, 07:17
Theresa May...she looks quite like Maggie Thatcher after a poor night of sleep, doesn't she.
Bill Phillips: The thought of another Maggie is too much to bear Ray
  • Alan
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 11 Aug 2016, 10:04
Sounds like an incredible piece of work for Mrs Holland; such dedication.
Bill Phillips: It was a bit gobsmacking Alan
I like the painting style on the ceiling and that she used gold paint.
Bill Phillips: It is a most beautiful ceiling Mary
  • blackdog
  • United Kingdom
  • 11 Aug 2016, 17:47
I see Trim had a much more wholesome agenda for you than visits to local hostelries.
Bill Phillips: He force fed some culture on us.
Good for Mildred, an amazing feat to paint this and more
  • Lisl
  • Bath, England
  • 12 Aug 2016, 06:03
All so meticulously painted, Bill
Very wow...
Bill Phillips: It was amazing Larry

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