Almost a Cathedral

by Helen Hooker January. 11, 2019 277 views

I know I had good intentions to photograph something other than a church this week, but the lure was too good to resist when I visited Bury St. Edmunds for a meeting today. Instead of heading to the Cathedral I popped into St. Mary’s, just a stone’s throw up the street. Like the Cathedral, it was once part of Bury St. Edmunds’ abbey’s precincts. It’s reputed to have the second longest nave of any parish church in England and could easily have become the city’s Cathedral if neighbouring St. James’ hadn’t been chosen instead.

Its other claim to fame is as the final resting place of Mary Tudor, sister to King Henry VIII and, briefly, Queen of France. Her unassuming tomb sits beside the high altar, marked by a simple stone plaque.

The church was almost deserted today so I had all the time I wanted to potter. I found some wonderful animal carvings on the choir stalls near the altar and I was very glad I’d brought my tripod to deal with the dark wood and low light levels.

I can't quite decide what this creature is, but it has no shortage of reading material to keep it entertained!

I can't quite decide what this creature is, but it has no shortage of reading material to keep it entertained!

11 January 2019

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Pete Fitzgetald 1 week, 4 days ago

#1very cool, right out of a book feeling to it. Great architecture captures as well the black and white gives it a stoic feel, I am waiting for a Nun to shushhh me

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Elizabeth Happer 1 week, 4 days ago

You were lucky to get the church to yourself, great to be able to have the time to really get the right position and angle

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Jim Hooker 1 week, 4 days ago

Beautiful set, Helen.  I love there are just small glints from the lights to be seen betrween the columns in #8.

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Björn Roose 1 week, 4 days ago

Funny thing with churches: the details don't ever look like something ... christian smile

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