Hampnett, St George's Church
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HERITAGE HIGHLIGHTS: Amazing Victorian stencil decoration
The chancel is almost entirely original 12th century work, with a small round-headed window below the east gable. The blocked north doorway is 19th century, but it reuses an original Norman tympanum with diaper pattern carving.
While many of the architectural features of the church are original, the decoration of the chancel certainly isn't.
To say that Wiggins' parishioners were unimpressed by his efforts to 'improve' their church is an understatement. They tried to raise money to have the paintings removed or covered with whitewash. Unfortunately for them, but fortunately for modern visitors, they could not raise enough money, and so the stencilling stayed.
One other feature is worth mentioning; at the entrance to the churchyard is the stump of a medieval cross shaft, raised on a plinth. The church guide doesn't mention the cross, nor does the official English Heritage listing, but if I had to hazard a guess I'd say it is at least 15th century.
I've visited Hampnett church on at least 3 occasions, and each time I gain a greater appreciation of the church. The 19th century decorative stencilling won't appeal to everyone; but it certainly does give an insight into the mentality of the time, and the fact that the vicar could install the stencilling without the approval of his parishioners says a lot about the Victorian age, too!
VICTORIAN STENCILLING IMAGES
Address: Hampnett, Cotswolds, Gloucestershire, England, GL54 3NW
Attraction Type: Historic Church
Location: In the centre of Hampnett village, off either the A427 or A40. Parking along the verge.
Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express
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