Egleton, St Edmund's Church
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HERITAGE HIGHLIGHTS: Norman south doorway
The doorway is supported on a pair of compound columns, decorated in unique patterned designs all the way from the floor to richly carved capitals. The hood moulding ends in two heads, one human and one a beast.
Above the doorway lintel is a large and beautifully carved tympanum, depicting two beasts, probably a dragon and lion, facing each other on either side of a wheeled geometric shape with six arms. The flanking corbels of the tympanum end in sculptures of a human and a grinning beast. The fine detail of the carving is superb; even the dragon's scales are carefully carved.
There seems to be some argument over the date of the south doorway. The church guide suggests 12th century, but Pevsner - who knows a thing or two about historic architecture - suggest that it is earlier, sometime in the transition between Saxon and Norman. It seems quite likely that it was assembled from pieces salvaged from a rebuilding of the church.
The detailed Norman carving continues inside the church. The chancel arch is again, superbly carved, with the carving looking as crisp and precise as if it had just been finished. There is one decorative column on each side, rising to a horizontal layer carved with geometric patterns.
Again, the designs on the columns are unique, rather than each echoing the other. That is one of the most impressive things about the Norman sculpture at Egleton - the sheer variety of it all!
The font is 12th century and is incised with cross symbols and rosettes. On one side is a plain Latin cross, the east side shows a more complex cross on a three-step plinth. The south face shows a six-leaved geometric shape very similar that on the tympanum. The final face has a much-damaged design which may be a head.
At the west end of the nave is a 15th-century rood screen, relocated from its traditional place between the nave and chancel. The screen has been partially restored and lowered from its original height. Nearby are several medieval pews with poppyhead carving decoration. Above the chancel arch is a royal arms, probably those of George III.
The structure of St Edmund's is primarily Norman. The north aisle was added in the 14th century, as was a clerestory and arcade, with the rather plain tower and south porch. The chancel itself was rebuilt in the 15th century.
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About Egleton, St Edmund's Church
Address: Church Road, Egleton, Rutland, England, LE15 8AD
Attraction Type: Historic Church
Location: At the northern edge of the village
Website: Egleton, St Edmund's Church
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