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Kirkdale (Yorkshire) - revised

Wootton Wawen (Warwickshire)

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Melbury Bubb (Dorset)

Morcott (Rutland) - revised

Bere Regis (Dorset)

Winterborne Tomson (Dorset)

Swaffham Prior (Cambridgeshire)

Little Snoring (Norfolk)

Billesley (Warwickshire)

Old Shoreham (Sussex)

 Ryhall Frieze

Befitting its status as the best of the friezes on this site, I have included Ryhall’s in its entirety. I haven’t been able to find a way to satisfactorily caption these thumbnails, so I will refer to row and then column.

Top left (1/1) is what I believe might be a self-portrait of the master mason at this church. Or maybe it was a local tradesman? Either way, this is a superlative human image from 1400. How many such portraits exist in any form anywhere? There is another fine portrait on the west end of the south aisle (8/2).

Other Highlights:

 The “Black-eyed Demons” that started this quest and which have counterparts at Oakham. Uniquely grotesque and humorous imagery.       1/2 to 1/5; 7/4 to 8/1

The “Bum-Scratcher”: 3/1      The “Jester”: 4/5      Green Men: 12/1 & 13/3    “The Bodhran Player” : 12/6    The Bat: 6/6   

The “Shawm Player” 15/6:   The Bull: 2/1     The “Demon with the Come-to-Bed Eyes”: 11/7   Owl with a Squirrel in his beak: 2/5

Note that the carvings around the side of the porch (6/6 to 7/2), including the bat, are not Demon Carver work: the porch was a later addition. Note also that I have included the “label stop” carvings, some of which (see particularly 3/3) are clearly also by the Demon Carver.

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