Angels – Blythburgh


Holy Trinity Church – Pevsner says it is one of the half-dozen grandest Suffolk churches – and who can deny it? He singles out the bench ends, with the unusual feature of figures rather than poppy heads, among them Slander, Sloth, Pride, Gluttony, Hypocrisy, and Avarice. Which these photographs depict I am unsure. Any ideas?

The real stars of the interior though I feel, are the angels decorating the ceiling, about which Pevsner merely says,

The low-pitch roof has firred tie-beams and fro the centres of the tie-beams and their bosses big angels stretch their wings, facing west and east. The rafters are painted with the sign of Jesus and busy little ornamental motifs.

Typically sniffy!

I think it’s all really rather splendid – and the angels are a bit of a triumph.

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