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(St Mary Redcliffe Church)

Sculptures at the St Mary Redcliffe

artist unknown
19th century

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Description

The church of Saint Mary Redcliffe was constructed from the 12th to the 15th centuries. The spire fell after being struck by lightning in 1446 and was not rebuilt until 1872.

Several sculptures are found on the exterior of the church, mainly at the tower and the north porch. All sculptures are from the 19th century.

Tower

The west and north façade of the tower have in the lowest tier both a series of seven statues of seated figures in niches divided by columns. In both, the central figure is Christ, the twelve others are the Twelve apostles.

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West: Christ with six apostles.
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North: Christ with six apostles.
The buttresses all have niche, but only those on the north facing buttress has statues:
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Female saint with book.
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Bearded male saint.

North porch

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The octagonal north porch has niches on alle faces, but only six of them at the west and north side have statues:
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Blessing bishop with church
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s. anselm
Bishop with ship
St. Anselm of Canterbury (1033/34-1109), archbishop of Canterbury from 1093 to 1109 (Wikipedia).
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St. Mary
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St. Joseph
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Bishop
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bp. cornish
Bishop pointing in a book
Charles Cornish (1842-1936), vicar of St. Mary Redcliffe, Anglican bishop of Grahamstown, 1899-1915 (Wikipedia)

South porch

The south porch has only one statue, depicting St. Mary with child.
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Sculptor

Sources & Information

Tags

  • Country: Great Britain
  • Anselm of Canterbury, St.
  • Apostles (Twelve)
  • Bishop
  • Cornish, Charles
  • Façade with statues (church)
  • Joseph, St.
  • Mary with Child
  • Mary, St.
  • Location (N 51°26'54" - W 2°35'23")

    Item Code: gbsw069; Photograph: 21 March 2019
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