Sunday, 5 August 2012

Visiting Churches

Visiting Churches is one area that I love because you never know what you'll find. The Church is often the only communal property in the village and its the place where the unusual and the noteworthy is placed in the same way that we place unusual things on the mantelpiece.

The stone coffin from the 13th Century is this sort of unusual. The hole in the centre is the drain hole for the juices formed by decomposition and the floor of the Church would have formed the lid of the coffin. How insanitary is that? Whilst the parish Churches preserve the old coffins the Anglican Cathedral at Norwich turns one coffin into a flower planter.

13th Century coffin against the wall
© Godric Godricson

The  Anglican Authorities at Norwich Cathedral
turn an ancient coffin into a flower planter
© Godric Godricson

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