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February windows

Taking up the window challenge by Wild Daffodil

The village church at Ellerbrun where I shall be walking later this month.

Rather a plain little window, but look at the stone work over the left side.

clearly some reused stone, possibly from a grave

this bit is by the door. The church dates back to Saxon times, this is one very old church.

 

I cannot for the life of me work out why the stone pillars have been built over the window. Any ideas, because it really is a rather nice window.

If you have any nice windows to share do pop over to Wild Daffodil to leave your link.

Comments on: "February windows" (29)

  1. Beautiful old church. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Just love old buildings and architectural mysteries! Thanks for this post, Cathy – your photos are lovely, and how lucky you are to live in such a place!

  3. A drunk builder?
    Amalia
    xo

  4. I do love a mystery. Maybe to keep people from breaking them?

  5. Murtagh's Meadow said:

    Interesting church

  6. I love your windows. Amazing how you keep spotting new ones when you look for them xx

    • The one round the side that Kate has explained so well is certainly not a view I would usually take, and all because of this challenge.

  7. Kate solved the mystery 🙂 It’s an intriguing hodgepodege for sure – I rather like those really old churches though and used to hunt them out when I was in the UK. We have nothing like that here of course being too recent an addition to the European influence of architecture.

  8. Excellent photos – am absolutely fascinated by this church. Will read the article with thanks to all who’ve contributed. 😘

  9. Looks a fascinating church, I’ve just read the article linked above, I’ll try and remember it next time I’m in the vicinity.

  10. How fascinating! I had to investigate further and found this article, full of intriguing details including the pong or bats’ urine!
    http://greatenglishchurches.co.uk/html/ellerburn.html

    Wonderful entry Cathy, yet again urging me to return to N.Yorkshire to see all these amazing curiosities up close and personal. ❤

  11. I can’t see what the top of the gable end structure is, but if those pillars are at the base of a small bell tower, it’s a later addition rather crudely added onto the gable end, paying only token attention to the window. If the arch had been round, it would have been an original Saxon window, but luckily it’s not so it’s not quite such a heinous architectural crime. Often the very early churches didn’t have them, and it was during the reign of the Saxon king Athelstan that they started to be added. Oooh, I knew doing that archaeology module in my degree would come in useful some time!

  12. I don’t think that little window is plain at all with all its little glass panes and the stone arched tops.
    No idea about the pillars – perhaps they used ye olde cowboy builders.

  13. That is strange, how they covered the window with the pillars! And we’ll probably never know why! These ancient buildings so fascinate me–nothing like that here!

    • We have some lovely old churches here. I especially like this one because my3x great grandmother is buried in the church yard, aged 92. I am not keen on the inscription on her gravestone which describes her as the relict of her husband. Goodness knows what is going on with the window.

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