Faces from the past (theme)

by Helen Hooker July. 14, 2010 3751 views

I decided to visit Bosham Church in search of something for today??s ??old?? theme. The church itself qualifies very well. There has been a church on the site since the 7th century and the current building dates from the 11th century. It has played an important part in English history over the years too ?? it was the place from where King Harold set off to France in 1064 ?? an event pictured in the Bayeux Tapestry. Bosham??s other claim to fame is as the place where King Canute tried, unsuccessfully, to hold back the tide. Inside the church there is a small tomb where his eight year old daughter is buried after she drowned in the nearby millstream.

I timed my visit to the church exceptionally badly today ?? when I arrived it was occupied by about 75 school children, all drawing bits of the church. I contented myself with photographing architectural details as sweeping vistas were going to be impossible. My first subject was a carved stone monster who sits beside the base of one of the pillars. I think all the pillars had them originally but they??ve worn away (presumably from centuries of parishioners running their hands over them) and they now only remain in good condition on one pillar. I have no idea what he??s supposed to be but I wouldn??t want to mess with those teeth! From there I decided to look for other faces in the church to make a set, the best of which I??ve posted here, along with my monster!

You wouldn't want to argue with those teeth!

I found this chap guarding the end of one of the choir stalls…..

…while this lady was waiting patiently by the entrance to the crypt.

One of the angels from the chapel above the crypt.

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Ania 7 years, 3 months ago

I love #3!

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Alison 7 years, 3 months ago

Great set, I particularly love the perspective on number 3

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Dorothe 7 years, 3 months ago

Great angles, beautiful details!

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Sandra Vermeulen 7 years, 3 months ago

Above my comment everything is written what I wanted to write.
I love all these shots!!

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Marsha 7 years, 3 months ago

Well, you easily went to Plan B when you saw all the children and ended up with some great shots anyway! The history of this place is so interesting.....thanks for bringing it to us through the images and words!

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Sara G 7 years, 3 months ago

Interesting shots! My fav is #3, face is so kind..

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Boszorka65 7 years, 3 months ago

Excellent captures:)

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Abe Jackson 7 years, 3 months ago

I especially like the third one.

7 years, 3 months ago Edited
Lucinda 7 years, 3 months ago

Excellent captures. That first one is pretty scary and you captured all of them well!!

7 years, 3 months ago Edited
Anna 7 years, 3 months ago

Beautiful and very interesting. You caught some great details! :)

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Carolinesimone 7 years, 3 months ago

wonderful wonderful wonderful :)

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Tom 7 years, 3 months ago

Wow those are awesome captures

7 years, 3 months ago Edited
Andrea 7 years, 3 months ago

Fantastic set!

7 years, 3 months ago Edited
Moira 7 years, 3 months ago

Beautiful angles in this set especially no3

7 years, 3 months ago Edited
Pete 7 years, 3 months ago

love the way you captured tham. great use of angles

7 years, 3 months ago Edited
Camelia 7 years, 3 months ago

Great post! I like it!

7 years, 3 months ago Edited
Josy 7 years, 3 months ago

Very beautiful and interesting set :)

7 years, 3 months ago Edited
Becky Brannon 7 years, 3 months ago

Great shots! Enjoyed the post!

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