Kingsland, St Michael & All Angels Church
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The Volka Chapel
The church is entered by way of a north porch. Off the porch is a small chapel, known as the Volka chapel. The origin of the name 'Volka' is the subject of spirited debate amongst historians. This very un-English sounding name might refer to a founder named Vaukel, or to Walter de Mortimer, a former rector who may have been buried here in 1315 ('Walter' becoming corrupted over time to become 'Volka').
The 14th century nave roof is timber-framed in king post style, with rounded clerestory windows giving light to the interior. The chancel boasts 14th century stained glass in the large east window, with the arms of Dame Matilda Mortimer, who presented the first recorded rector of St Michael's in 1285. The central panel of the window shows a figure of Christ and the Coronation of Mary, beneath which are the figures of four archangels. The north and south east windows of the chancel have further fragments of fine medieval glass. The striking chancel roof was painted by GF Bodley around 1866, and Bodley was also responsible for the lectern, stalls, and pulpit. At the west end of the nave stands a late 14th century octagonal font.
The chancel, and in particular the stained glass, is reckoned the historic highlight of St Michael's, but for my money its the simple little Volka Chapel that deserves special mention. Why was it built? By whom? The mystery just adds to its appeal.
About Kingsland, St Michael & All Angels Church
Address: Kingsland, Herefordshire, England, HR6 9QW
Attraction Type: Historic Church
Website: Kingsland, St Michael & All Angels Church
Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express
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