SU8403 : Fourteenth century encaustic tiles

taken 4 years ago, near to Apuldram, West Sussex, Great Britain

Fourteenth century encaustic tiles
Fourteenth century encaustic tiles
These tiles on the lowest altar step of St Mary's church in Apuldram date from the C14th. Known as "encaustic" tiles, they should properly be called "inlaid" tiles but are known as encaustic due to a Victorian misnomer which has stuck to the present day. "Encaustic" would suggest a burning-out process whereas in fact these tiles are made from two different coloured clays. The higher altar steps here have Victorian copies of these tiles. See SU8403 : St Mary's, Apuldram - Altar Steps
Apuldram - St Mary's Church
The church of St Mary in Apuldram dates originally from the C12th but was almost completely rebuilt in the C13th. It was rather heavily restored twice in the Victorian period, first by Butler (1845) and then by L W Ridge (1877). The porch dates from the C15th while a vestry and heating chamber were added in the C19th.
The most important features of the church are the triple lancet window in the chancel and the encaustic tiles on the lower altar step beneath it.
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Saturday, 14 September, 2013   (more nearby)
Tuesday, 17 September, 2013
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