PEAR TREE LOG
pear tree log: I started this blog to keep my younger son, Jonny, in touch with life in Lincolnshire, while he spent a year working in China. That year turned into five! Now he is home and training to become a physics teacher. This is simply a patchwork quilt of some of the things I enjoy - life in rural Lincolnshire, our animals, friends, architecture, books, the gardens, and things of passing interest.
Thursday, 17 November 2011
COME AND HAVE A LOOK ROUND... TELL ME WHAT YOU THINK
This church dates from the 11th century, the tower being the oldest part. The churchyard is woefully neglected - but still wonderful. The setting is just off the A16, in the tiniest of hamlets, Waithe.
This monument dates from the 14th century, although it was restored in 1861.
The setting is lovely, the churchyard is atmospheric and interesting with huge, ancient trees, the building is very attractive externally with nice stonework
Nothing to dislike so far?
So, why do I really dislike it? Well, step inside.
Ah, that's nice. According to the plaque it was 'restored' in 1861 by a loving son, in memory of his parents.
See what you think, and then I'll tell you what I think, and how this church building makes me feel.
Doesn't look too bad so far, does it?
Except that the 'restoration' removed all the medieval charm and replaced it with red bricks and Minton tiles. Beautifully done, but it looks like a very swish public lavatory.
Even the beautiful, original arches have been restored to within an inch of their history. Red bricks. Minton tiles. Sterile atmosphere.
I love old church buildings; places which have great atmosphere because they have been used by countless people.
Every now and again I have come across a church which has a bad atmosphere, a building which you really wouldn't want to be left in on your own. This building is not like that.
This poor building has no atmosphere. It feels bleached, free from 'germs', free from history.
Step outside and the churchyard engulfs you in gentleness, atmosphere, and history, it is unkempt but not scary.
I won't bore you with another church building for a week or two, don't worry! I just happen to find them fascinating.
Like any building, some are good to be in, others make you want to leave asap, or have areas that just don't feel right.
More of these things at a later date.
Posted by Elaine at Thursday, November 17, 2011