02 November 2007

Hook 'em high, Hook 'em low...

Here are a few more shots from my trip to Canterbury. These are from Bishopsbourne, Kent, a village where it just so happens Richard Hooker was rector. In the rectory here, some of Laws of Ecclesiastical Polity was written.

St. Mary's Church, Bishopsbourne.

The church predates the Reformation and was, at one point, highly decorated. These images would have been whitewashed over during the 16th century's iconoclasms. The outlines of some of those earlier drawings have been uncovered. This is an illustration of 'Christ the King".

Apparently, Hooker was not satisfied with the preaching arrangements in his day, and left funds to the church in his will to purchase this pulpit.

His statue is next to the pulpit.

And a memorial plaque is on the south wall of the chancel.

The parish was apparently quite weathly during the 19th century. This is the west window by Edward Burne-Jones and likely executed by William Morris & Co. These two artists were at the forefront of the Pre-Raphaelite movement in the Victorian era.

William Morris & Co. is believed to have created the reredos mosaic as well.

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