Angel

by David Allen October. 12, 2018 214 views

Our village church has a lovely rather rustic hammer beam roof that was made in the early 16th century. It probably replaced an earlier roof that was destroyed in a plygain service Christmas 1535 when the church caught fire. The Plygain service is the early Christmas day celebration in Wales, it is held between 3 and 6 am.

We have a new community shop in the village and they have asked me for postcards with pictures of an angel from the church. Some years ago I had made Christmas cards with the angels and also placed a folder of pictures of all the roof carvings in the church.

There are a set of angels with symbols of the crucifixion on the shields. On the roof and the wall plates there are a range of strange animals and other characters.

The roof had an attack of death watch beetle and when it was treated about two years ago samples were taken for dendrochronolgy and dated at about 1538. This finally finished a story that the roof had come from a nearby abbey at the time of the dissolution of the monasteries.

More details about the church with more of my photos are at:- https://cilcainvillagehall.com/local-history-cilcain-church-and-village/

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The roof structure is impressive and the carvings beautiful!

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