The spectacularly colourful reredos at Holy Trinity, Skipton. Constructed in 1870 to a design by Sir George Gilbert Scott. Built of Caen Stone, it portrays Christ in Majesty surrounded by symbols of the four Evangelists:
All three churches that I visited in Skipton had stood stones against walls. These are at Holy Trinity:
At the back of Holy Trinity, Skipton, there is afenced off area containing dozens of grave slabs laid flat/pinned to walls. Gate is opened during the day. The steps up are cut from gravestones:
A tiny window at Bolton Abbey’s Priory Church depicts the northern saint Cuthbert to whom, with St Mary, Mother of Jesus, the Priory is dedicated. The window was a gift from a nineteenth century steward of the Duke of Devonshire and shows Cuthbert as Bishop of Lindisfarne, cradling in his arms the severed head of his fellow saint, Oswald, a Christian King whose skull is possibly the one found during excavation of Cuthbert’s grave in Durham Cathedral.
One of the windows in the Priory Church at Bolton Abbey, North Yorkshire is quite gruesome. It depicts three scenes of martyrdom. These represent St Stephen (the first Christian Martyr) being stoned for his faith, St Polycarp of Smyrna being burned at the stake and St Ignatius of Antioch being thrown to the lions by the Roman Emperor Trajan.
Jackdaw nest behind statue on tower of St Mary, Carleton-in-Craven, North Yorkshire. The large baby is on the left. Some fairly sizeable twigs have been used for the nest’s foundation.
I saw several similar stones recording child deaths during my first visit to St Michael & St Lawrence, Fewston, North Yorkshire. Three of the four children died over a two week period.
Fallen Angel. Well, actually laid down for Health & Safety reasons. Grove Road Cemetery, Harrogate:
Visting Wakefield Cemetery for the first time, I thought I should give a brief introduction to the location and, in particular, the War graves plot. It contains the grave of an Auxiliary Territorial Service Private who died in March 1945. There are some particularly fine Victorian memorials in this cemetery: