TL4052 : Chancel ceiling, All Saints' church, Haslingfield

taken 9 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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