Once seen it’s hard to unsee (also pardon the pun).
This carved stone panel comes from the 1220s Lavabo – the erstwhile monks’ washing place among our local ruins at Wenlock Priory. The panel is one of two survivors, which date from the 1160s but were then reused in the later building of the Lavabo. They tell of the lives of the apostles. The chap on the phone is apparently John.
Here’s a general view of the lavabo remains, sitting in what was the priory cloister. The three-arched building behind was the library, and the round carved archway (far right) is the chapter house where daily business was conducted, including the issuing of punishments for disobedience. The once massive nave of the church ran at right angles to the library, between the trees and the topiary hedges.
There’s another oddity inside the chapter house, carved on the wall. Again it seems to have been reused from a much earlier phase of the priory. This Anglo-Saxon/Scandinavian style depiction of evil entities was doubtless meant to keep the monks’ minds focused on holy matters.
I’m seeing a theme developing here for Becky’s February ‘square odds’ challenge. Expect more Shropshire curiosities in coming days.
9 thoughts on “A Saint On His Cell Phone?”
Ah, lovely to see Wenlock Priory Virtually…..quite a while since I visited. Looking forward to more post!
I thought these photos might strike a chord with you, Sue.
And they did!
either that or the mumps!
Very happy about your Shropshire curiosities, looking forward to seeing more 🙂
Oh yes, bring them on, these Shropshire Curiosities!
Oh, yes! Lots of Shropshire oddities (in fact I am convinced we have a book with that same title)
You do not surprise me on the oddities front 🙂
Wenlock priory is a gem of treasures. You seem never to run out of stories to share or pics.
You’re a good audience, Mak. Thanks.