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N 408 B 6.1K C 5 E Dec 12, 2021 F Dec 12, 2021
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The oldest part of the church is Anglo-Saxon, stone built in the 9th century, replacing an older wood and mud building. The nave was without aisles and two of its original windows are preserved in the Anglo-Saxon walling at the west end of the nave. These were unglazed and were closed in bad weather by wooden shutters wedged into a rebate cut into the outer edge of the window. High up in the north wall of the nave are three Anglo-Saxon circular windows, probably the upper storey. The ring of holes drilled round them held wattle rods used in the construction of the windows.

Aisles were first added in the 12th century. On each side of the nave two low arched openings pierced through the existing walls gave access to the aisles. These openings were swept away when the present arcade was put in in 1812, but the Norman angle-shafts to the responds can be seen in the wall at each end of the arcade. In the 15th century wider aisles were built, the Norman south doorway moved out to its present position and a porch was built. At the east end of each aisle is a squint giving a view of the altar. One of these is a very rare squint passage which, prior to the installation of choir pews, would have allowed access to the altar. In the North aisle the west wall contains a 13th century lancet window. The south wall of this aisle was at first the outside wall of the church and the rough area of plaster above the Anglo-Saxon window is the original exterior plaster of the Anglo-Saxon church. The wooden box chest is dated 1634. There are some medieval tiles (13th-14th century) on the floor near it and also a few in the south aisle.

The wooden balcony in the nave is the 15th century rood loft, one of the very few which have survived. When removed, probably early in the reign of Elizabeth I, it was carefully hidden behind a lath and plaster covering against the east wall of the nave, discovered there in 1812 and since repainted. The wooden screen below the loft is Victorian.

The tower is 15th century. On its floor stands the Norman font (early 12th century). The Font Figure has long been the subject of speculation and debate. However, recent research identifies the carving as being that of St Michael, on an original Saxon font, over-cut by Norman carvings and 16th century desecration. St Michael is also depicted on the font at Winterbourne Monkton, but the Avebury font carving is far earlier than that of Winterbourne Monkton and the saint is depicted as holding a crozier- not a symbol of Episcopal power but rather cosmic, supernatural power. The carvings show two serpents with twisted tails, their heads turned towards the figure of a bishop or Archangel Michael holding a crozier; popular pictures in the middle-ages showed Christ trampling on the dragons of evil and sin. It is also worth noting that the tree, carved in one piece, 12 pillars of wood/ tree trunks circling the font contains a wonderful array of birds.

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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Valley Cottage, NY

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American kestrel takes off after an unsuccessful dive for prey. Ironically, I only stopped here to watch a Coyote hunting the back of the field, and this ended up as the standout among 1,000+ Kestrel images taken on this day. Point Reyes National Seashore

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N 7 B 103 C 1 E Nov 23, 2021 F Dec 13, 2021
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I really wanted the kayaks to the rhs of the frame but by the time I had parked & got the camera out they had nearly zoomed out of the frame altogether (5 x kayaks & one paddleboarder.)

Tags:   St' Mary's Loch Cappercleuch Megget Water Paddleboarders Kayak Scottish Borders Lone Tree Hills Scotland Fuji X-H1


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