Angels & Demons, Louth Church, Lincolnshire

 

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Not an easy church to take exterior photos, so I took lots of interior ones of the beautiful church of St James’s, Louth in Lincolnshire.  We had a short holiday on the Lincolnshire coast last week and the weather was stunning, we stopped at Louth for a tea break and I had a chance to explore the church.

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For over a thousand years there has been a church in this spot.  This building was originally dated from the 12th century was rebuilt in about 1247 and again in 1447.  Restoration work was carried out in 1869.

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The door was fully open and there was a lady to welcome you, in a fully dedicated shop of books and other souvenirs of the church, which is fine if it makes money for the up keep of the building and more importantly, keeps the church open for those of us who wish to visit.

The first thing this strikes you is the beautiful light that streams through the windows and then the angle roof, which I was not expecting and was a delightful surprise, there is nothing more than I love when walking into a church, is to find angels waiting for me to photograph them.

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From the church booklet:  The roof of the nave was restored in 1825, in which year an item occurs in the churchwarden accounts ‘Two men and fifteen woman washing and cleaning the church after the roof was finish’  

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The splendid ceiling is Georgian and dates from 1825, in 1822 the vestry decided to ask for surveys and reports of the roofs of the church.  £2,500s were borrowed from the Exchequer and the re-roofing the nave and aisle roofs began.  In 1988 the friends of the church decided to clean the roof and restored the Baltic pine to is original colour by stripping off the black varnish and treating the timber to beeswax.  The plaster angels and the bosses were repainted in Georgian colours and the whole operation cost £38,000.

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There were also other creatures waiting for me, corbels in the nave, which some illustrates the individual masons’s reaction to his work: imagination, love and humour.

There are beautiful stained glass windows down each of the aisles making colour light spill across the benches.

 There is so much to see in this beautiful church, but I had three males waiting for me and one straining at the leash, so please enjoy the following photos as much as I did taking them.

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My never ending patience husband, who is not praying, but reading his messages, with Eddie and Toffee.

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August 2016

20 comments

  1. Yay, angels! You haven’t found any of those for a while. And so many! I like what they did with the wood. Beeswax makes it look so rich. Those corbels are great. I like the one that looks like one of Snow White’s dwarfs crossed with Thumper. 🙂 That is a magnificent church. Thanks for all those images. Especially that last one, I’d have missed those gargoyles. 🙂 Thanks to the guys for being so patient! 🙂

    1. Thank you Pat, so glad you enjoyed the photos, the roof colour is so rich that your eyes are attracted to it constantly, as you can tell by how many photos are pointed upwards. The guys were very good and it was nice that the lady let them in, not counting Steve, he was allowed in 🙂 There was plenty to see and I would have liked to have found the marks that were shown in the photo, but maybe next time 🙂

      1. Yes that is the problem, but we can do it in a couple of hours and Louth is a beautiful ancient market town…..which really needs to be explored on its own merit 🙂

  2. Lovely series of images. I smiled at the one of the bored husband reading his messages! Beautiful little dogs.

    1. Thank you, he is a very patient man, he drives me everywhere so I can take photos from the car window and is just happy to read his messages and play his games, as long as we can go somewhere nice to eat 🙂 There are two other dogs and they take it turn to have trips out 🙂

      1. I have a similarly patient friend who accompanies me on my trips, and she also likes lunch out somewhere nice. I have four cats and they wouldn’t appreciate being taken out!!

      2. It’s nice to have some company when out exploring, its not the same if you are own your own, strange how they all need feeding though 🙂 No I don’t think the cats would enjoy trips to churches or castles…..little dogs do enjoy a good castle 🙂

    1. Thank you and so glad you enjoyed them all, it is a beautiful old church. The waiters were very good and really didn’t hassle, I started to get guilty though, as the sun was shining outside 🙂

  3. What a beautiful church! Love those arches, and the angels. Spectacular photos, Lynne! Your three men are very patient, although Toffee looks a bit like a bored child! 😀

    1. Thank you Jo, its a lovely church and I would have liked longer, but I had 14 mins, as we were on a meter,which was running out fast. Toffee had been good, as long as he can see me he is fine and Eddie he just likes a cuddle 🙂

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