Saturday, May 21, 2011

Stopping by St. Paul Church in Irton

After my last class, Beverly took me to see her church, St. Paul in Irton.  I'm not sure when the original church was built, but it was demolished in 1865 and rebuilt.

Inside, the first thing one sees is the baptismal font.  It is one of the largest I've seen.

Here is a close-up view.  Hopefully you can see the carvings.

Now a view down the nave.

There are beautiful stained glass windows.  Two of them were designed by Sir Edward Burne-Jones and made by William Morris and Company.  Here's one of them and an enlargement of a detail.

Here's another window.  I'm not sure who the designer and maker are of this one.

Here is the altar frontal and some enlargements so you can see the beautiful embroidery:

On the side walls were some beautifully embroidered banners.  Beverly said a few years ago they were restored at great expense.  Here are two of my favorites and a few enlargements:

The church members are particularly proud of the 9th century Irton cross which stands in the cemetery.  It is 10 feet tall.  I neglected to take a photo of it, but you see a photo of it and the church here.

If you're ever in the area, be sure to visit both Fobbles and St. Paul church. 


Mouse said...

ooo wonderful church :) gorgeous needlework and the stained glass window are such a work of art :) love mouse xxxx

Margaret said...

I really enjoyed the tour! Thanks!

Laurie in Iowa said...

Beautiful. I tile floor would make a lovely quilt pattern.