This is the top half of the tower of the church dedicated to St. Edward King and Confessor in the small village of Clifford, West Yorkshire. Apparently, the church was built to serve Irish workers of a local flax mill. This is a Roman Catholic church, as this would have been the religion of the mill workers, with the majority of the local people followers of the Church of England. The tower was completed in 1866/7 – from my point of view, a relatively new church, I just paused on my bicycle ride to snap a couple of pictures.
I’d normally put this sort of thing on my other site (ecclesiarum) but as it’s not a true representation, i.e. I’ve flipped it horizontally….. artistic licence!
During a recent trip to a local church on a rather wet and windy day, I noticed that the rain was working it’s way through slight gaps in the stained glass window at the south of the church tower and dripping on the war memorial beneath the window – to all intents and purposes, the drops looked like tears rolling down the stone.
The stone slab commemorates those who died during World War II,while the window carries a memorial to those who died in the First. I see many local War memorials, installed to remember those parishioners who lost their lives during the two conflicts, but I seldom see the name of a woman – in this case that of Sister Eveline Mary Hodgson, who was a nurse – who died during the First World War.
It was a difficult day for photography on Wednesday so my colleague and I returned to a church we’d visited before (Bardsey, North Yorkshire), but available light was pretty poor – I resorted to looking for highlights, patterns and light/shade areas. This arch was in the South Aisle, with the wooden roof over an area cordoned off for the choir changing/practice room.
Possibly the oldest artefact I’ve found in the churches I visit. It is a restored section of flooring recovered from the foundations of a Roman Villa found nearby. The little sign reads
” This remaining fragment of a pavement removed from the foundations of a ROMAN VILLA in the MILL GARTH in 1859 was restored by members of the BRADFORD HISTORICAL AND ANTIQUARIAN SOCIETY in 1929.
Henry Cheesbrough Hunt
William Arthur Wilman
Henry Hahlen Morrish”
I particularly liked the way the peeling paint of the church walls was such a sympathetic foil for the colours in the tesserae/