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SS Peter & Paul, Rock (Worcestershire)

 

OTHER CHURCHES OF THE HEREFORDSHIRE ROMANESQUE SCHOOL

 

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SS Peter & Paul, Rock, from the north east.

 

 

 

 

The old church of SS Peter & Paul at Rock would once have had a magnificent array of corbels, south door decorations etc, but, unlike Kilpeck, weathering and maybe human hands have destroyed most of it.  All this is made up for by one set of capitals on the south side of the arch between nave and chancel - pictured below.  Despite the fact that it was winter dusk time when we visited, it was easy to locate and turn on the lights - thanks, church people.  There may also be good stuff on the east side of the capitals but it was too dark to see! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Friendly birds nuzzle the goatee bearded human face and the front paw of the lion.  The lion's head is facing backwards as it attends to the tip of its tail.  Next door a centaur with sexy hairdo readies his bow and arrow to shoot a deer climbing onto his back.

 

 

 

 

An acrobat doing an uncomfortable looking split, whilst a serpent is threaded through his limbs and pecks his right ear.

 

 

This capital is in the little pilgrimage chapel of St-Pierre, Bessuéjouls, on the Via Podiensis near Espalion (River Lot, West France), and the stylistic similarity is striking .... 

 

 

 

Capital in the tiny pilgrimage chapel-in-a-tower of St-Pierre, Bessuéjouls

 

 

 

 

 

Stocks and whipping post - both originally on the green outside.

 

 

 

 

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