NZ9405 : Original Maidens' Garlands, Old St Stephen's Church, Robin Hood's Bay

taken 7 years ago, near to Robin Hood's Bay, North Yorkshire, Great Britain

Original Maidens' Garlands, Old St Stephen's Church, Robin Hood's Bay
Original Maidens' Garlands, Old St Stephen's Church, Robin Hood's Bay
A Maidens' Garland is a funerary memento for the death of a young, chaste woman - also known as Virgin's Crowns or Crants. The garlands were carried before the corpses of young unmarried women at their funerals or placed on the top of their coffins. By the 17th Century it was common for them to be hung over the dead girls pew or in the chancel of the church until it disintegrated.

(text borrowed from exhibition handbook)

See earlier photo for the textile artist Mandy Pattullo's response to the Maidens' Garlands.
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Date Taken
Sunday, 28 August, 2011   (more nearby)
Submitted
Monday, 5 September, 2011
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NZ 9486 0528 [10m precision]
WGS84: 54:26.0458N 0:32.3456W
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OSGB36: geotagged! NZ 9489 0533
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South-southwest (about 202 degrees)
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