TF0118 : Church of St.Medard & St.Gildard: Chancel Door

taken 1 year ago, near to Little Bytham, Lincolnshire, Great Britain

Church of St.Medard & St.Gildard:  Chancel Door
Church of St.Medard & St.Gildard: Chancel Door
It takes a moment or two to find the most remarkable architectural feature of this otherwise unremarkable church, and probably the reason it finds itself with a grade I listing. See LinkExternal link for a description

This is the early 12th century door into what is now the chancel, topped by a remarkable tympanum with two roundels of birds flanking what is now an empty niche but which is thought to have once housed some sort of relic of St Medard, although what that might have been is lost to the mists of time. Obviously a victim of the Iconoclasts, it is a local legend that (whatever it might be) was buried in the churchyard to avoid destruction. See TF0118 : Church of St. Medard & St. Gildard: The Tympanum for a close-up.

Along side the door is a 13th century glazed opening, or Squint. Many churches have internal squints, to improve the visibility of the giving of communion, and are erroneously called Leper's windows. But this external, glazed, squint is far more likely to have been used for the comfort of the diseased, and is worthy of the name.
Listed Buildings and Structures
Listed buildings and structures are officially designated as being of special architectural, historical or cultural significance. There are over half a million listed structures in the United Kingdom, covered by around 375,000 listings.
Listed status is more commonly associated with buildings or groups of buildings, however it can cover many other structures, including bridges, headstones, steps, ponds, monuments, walls, phone boxes, wrecks, parks, and heritage sites, and in more recent times a road crossing (Abbey Road) and graffiti art (Banksy 'Spy-booth') have been included.

In England and Wales there are three main listing designations;
Grade I (2.5%) - exceptional interest, sometimes considered to be internationally important.
Grade II* (5.5%) - particularly important buildings of more than special interest.
Grade II (92%) - nationally important and of special interest.

There are also locally listed structures (at the discretion of local authorities) using A, B and C designations.

In Scotland three classifications are also used but the criteria are different. There are around 47,500 Listed buildings.
Category A (8%)- generally equivalent to Grade I and II* in England and Wales
Category B (51%)- this appears generally to cover the ground of Grade II, recognising national importance.
Category C (41%)- buildings of local importance, probably with some overlap with English Grade II.

In Northern Ireland the criteria are similar to Scotland, but the classifications are:
Grade A (2.3%)
Grade B+ (4.7%)
Grade B (93%)

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Date Taken
Saturday, 4 August, 2018   (more nearby)
Submitted
Sunday, 5 August, 2018
Geographical Context
Lowlands  Historic sites and artefacts  Village, Rural settlement  Religious sites 
Period (from Tags)
12th Century 
Primary Subject of Photo
Door 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TF 0129 1804 [10m precision]
WGS84: 52:45.0297N 0:30.0462W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TF 0130 1803
View Direction
North-northwest (about 337 degrees)
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Priests Door  Chancel  Grade I Listed  Lepers Squint 

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