Pink crafts, Whalley Church

Here is our Finnish Explorers Feast. Thank you so much Ulla it was delicious and a lot of fun.
Wake up Dot! I think you are very comfortable in your new sleeping bag with matching pillow. Another 2 string finishes for Stephanie’s “No Strings Attached Challenge.” The front and back of the sleeping bag are the same and it is lined in pink floral fabric. I used the quilt as you go method, then bound the edges.
Here’s Dot out of bed in her new nightie made by Ulla. Doesn’t it look wonderful on her?
The little pink cardi is finished. Just in time a friend has announced that she became a great-grandmother today.
Close up of flowers and edging. I’ve a little of this wool left so am working on a matching hat.
This is my current sewing WIP.

Now back to Lancashire:
Church of St Mary and All Saints in Whalley. It was founded in the 7th century by St Paulinus the 1st Bishop of York. I hadn’t seen a church with a dormer window before. Lets go in and see the medieval building.
There is a good history here. West tower 66ft high dating from 1440. There are 3 Anglo-Scandanavian crosses in the church yard. One can been seen clearly here.
The land was calculated in “caracates” a Scandanavian term rather than in “hundreds” which are common in the South of England showing that this land was held under Danelaw with York as it’s capital city. Roughly the SW area of England had Winchester as it’s capital during the C9th.
I hadn’t seen this style of grave before. It was a little like a coffee table.
The lower 2 pics show stone carved coffins which are common for important religious people in the Medieval period. They took ages to make so were for high status people only.
Inside it is light and airy.

Local family shield designs behind the altar.
Beautifully carved lectern.
Choir stalls. For pics of the misericords go here. They were originally in the abbey before the Dissolution and date from 1418-1434AD. A name with the surname of Eatough carved them- still a local surname.
View looking back from the altar down the church to the organ. The ceiling is later C17th.
Aisle tiles.
Stained glass windows mainly Victorian -Pugin and Morris and co.

I hope you have enjoyed seeing a little of Lancashire lately. Cumbria next time. Sorry I’m late with email replies- doing a lot of gadding about at the moment.

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