TL4052 : Chancel ceiling, All Saints' church, Haslingfield

taken 10 years ago, near to Haslingfield, Cambridgeshire, Great Britain

Chancel ceiling, All Saints' church, Haslingfield
Chancel ceiling, All Saints' church, Haslingfield
The ceiling is decorated with the symbols used in a "Clog Almanack". This was a pictorial calendar of saints' days used by (probably illiterate) workers, which was carved on a square piece of boxwood as shown here in the lower left panel.

The calendar reads right to left from there in the lower row:

St Mary Magdalene (Jul 22) - a jug of oil, she went to anoint Christ's body in the tomb

St James (Jul 25) - a pilgrim's hat and staff

Transfiguration of Christ (Aug 6) - the Cross

St Bartholomew (Aug 24) - possibly the sticks with which he was flayed alive

Left to right in the row above:

St Simon & St Jude (Oct 28) - their instruments of martyrdom, a saw and a halberd

St Andrew (Nov 30) - St Andrew's cross

St Thomas (Dec 21) - an arrow

St Stephen (Dec 26) - stones - ending the run of martyrdom symbols

St John the Evangelist (Dec 27) - quill pens for writing

The symbols on the ceiling are only Victorian, but Clog Almanacks were very ancient. See LinkExternal link . The Almanack theme is very appropriate to the church's dedication to All Saints. More symbols on TL4052 : Chancel ceiling (2), All Saints' church, Haslingfield
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Monday, 3 March, 2008   (more nearby)
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Tuesday, 4 March, 2008
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Church interior   (more nearby)
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OSGB36: geotagged! TL 4039 5214 [10m precision]
WGS84: 52:8.9824N 0:3.0286E
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OSGB36: geotagged! TL 4039 5214
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