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Romsey Abbey - the Church of St Mary & St Etheldreda

Major church discovery of Team Paradox's 2009 visit to England

 

 Romsey Abbey Outside

 

Timeline showing opening dates of British and key European Abbeys

 

 

 

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Lunchtime concert - the abbey has beautiful acoustics.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

North side of nave

 

 

 

This exquisite Saxon rood (stone crucifix) in St Anne's Chapel dates from 960 - possibly a gift from King Edgar.  It is actually a message of resurrection, with new life sprouting from the cross.  It is about 1M high.

 

 

 

The top half of the sepulchral plate of an abbess' tomb showing a reluctance to let go of temporal authority?  Or maybe, like the Dom, she liked croziers.

 

 

 

Medieval tiles in the Chapel of Saint George are said to depict Crusaders - who knows, they're certainly mounted fighting knights anyway.

 

 

 

 

 

A spot of kingly beard pulling in the north chancel aisle.

 

 

 

 

This is smiling Robertus - thought to be a, or the, master mason in the original abbey construction.

 

 

 

 

And the moral is ?

 

 

 

Knight conquers snotty dragon (or is he breathing fire?)

 

 

 

Owl or Eagle ?

 

 

 

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 Romsey Abbey Sheela-na-Gig, Corbels, etc

 

 

 

Link to Romsey Abbey Web Site

 

Postcode SO51 8EN

 

 

 

The crozier bearing sheela-na-gig abbess occupies a modest spot just above several centuries of door and window history on the abbey's north transept wall.

 

 

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