We also liked some of the details inside St Michael’s Church in St Albans. The wooden pulpit above dates from late 16th or early 17th century and has all mod cons, including an hour glass to ensure the sermon doesn’t go on for too long.
There is also a 17th century monument to the statesman/scientist Francis Bacon. He is supposedly relaxing, but looks amusingly like he is sleeping through the sermon.
As well as the other buildings in St Albans that we featured earlier this month, we also liked this rather picturesque church. It is St Michael’s and is considered to be the most significant Anglo-Saxon building in England. It mostly dates from the 10th and 11th centuries, with later additions and restoration in the 19th century.
Not surprisingly, Easter scenes are often depicted in the stained glass windows of churches. We saw these ones in St Pancras church in London – the crucifixion above and resurrection below.
The guild church of St Katharine Cree in London is rather overshadowed by towering modern buildings, but is elegant and peaceful inside.
We liked this sundial on the exterior of the church, reportedly dating from around 1700.
And this clockwork mechanism inside the church also caught our attention.
This London church is All Saints in Margaret Street, Fitzrovia. It was designed in 1850 is recognised as a masterpiece of the High Victorian Gothic Revival style.
The ornately decorated interior includes this Christmas scene on ceramic tiles. Merry Christmas!
Another London church that we visited was St Pancras in Euston Road. The building was opened in 1822 and manages to look much bigger inside than it does from the outside.
The stained glass windows illustrate many Bible stories, including this Christmas scene with the shepherds and wise men.
Sword rests were another interesting detail that caught our attention in London churches. The one above is in St Margaret Pattens, and one below in St Mary Aldermary (both featured in the previous three blog entries). Of course, they don’t date from the times of mediaeval knights – they are for ceremonial swords, like when the Lord Mayor comes to church.