TF0542 : Funeral bier

taken 4 years ago, near to Silk Willoughby, Lincolnshire, Great Britain

Funeral bier
Funeral bier
19th century funeral bier in the porch of St.Denis' church
St Denis' church, Silk Willoughby :: TF0543
The present church as it was erected in the first half of the 14th century. The chancel is built in the Perpendicular style the remainder belonging to the Late Decorated style period of 1315 to 1360. There are signs of an earlier structure as in the north wall of the nave where there was once a doorway, on either side of which are displaced capitals of an earlier doorway in Norman style.
In the south aisle is a double aumbrey and piscina. The presence of these items indicates that there would have been a chapel here at some point. The Rood screen is of the Decorated period. The screen is in light oak and bears carvings of an eagle, lion, dragons, a monkey fighting with a dog, a cat catching a mouse, and a fox with a bird in its mouth. The chancel was rebuilt in 1878. There is a vaulted triple sedilia just before the east wall and another piscina.
The organ was supplied by Messrs, Cousans of Lincoln in 1923 at a cost of 253 being dedicated at morning service on 23rd December 1923. Formerly hand-pumped, an electrical blower was installed in 1949. Cousans thoroughly overhauled the organ in Summer 2007 at a cost of just under 4,000.
The roof and floor of the nave were renewed during major reconstruction work in 1907-8, and fragments of an old wall painting were revealed on the north wall of the north aisle.
(Condensed from Church guide book)
Solomon's Knot
Solomon's Knot (sometimes also called Swastika Pelta) is a form of Medieval graffiti found in churches across Europe. An ancient symbol found in 4th century Roman mosaics, it seems to have been adopted by the Christian church as an apotropaic motif. The endless knot attracts demons to its flowing lines and they become trapped within the symbol as it has no end.
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Date Taken
Thursday, 2 April, 2015   (more nearby)
Tuesday, 2 February, 2016
Geographical Context
Religious sites 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TF 0571 4299 [10m precision]
WGS84: 52:58.4310N 0:25.6335W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TF 0571 4299
View Direction
West-northwest (about 292 degrees)
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