Sunday, 10 May 2015

Country church mystery

Saxon carving at St Mary's at Enville

Country churches contain mysteries. St Mary's at Enville has number of these strange Saxon carvings, and it places them prominently up on its walls.
But - are they Saxon?  Tradition says so, but historians err toward Norman.
What does it represent?  Tradition says it is a former priest, but ... really?
And is that a beard under its chin?

What's great is that the church doesn't care.  Church wardens in these situations know they are just the custodians of the village's history, not the interpreters.

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