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Holy Rood Church 2

By pamelajean
(Continuing my Southampton series).

A closer look at the Chancel Screen.

A Plaque states – “The church of Holy Rood erected on this site in 1320 was damaged by enemy action on 30 Nov 1940. Known for centuries as the Church of the Sailors the ruins have been preserved by the people of Southampton as a memorial garden of rest. Dedicated to those who served in the merchant navy and lost their lives at sea”.

By 2004, the church was in danger of collapsing and a grant of £670,000 was received from the Heritage Lottery Fund.
As part of the improvements, the artist metal worker, Charles Normandale, created this screen, in mild steel and bronze, with seagulls flying through wave-like bars, representing the souls of mariners.

Thank you to all those who took an interest in, voted for and commented on my first picture of this church.


Tags: Architecture Southampton Hampshire England UK Holy Rood Church ruins1320 Chancel Screen Mild steel and bronze gates Stainless steel seagulls Representing the souls of mariners Church of the Sailors Memorial garden of rest Preserved Ancient Monument

Voters: manicam, Daisymaye, ColleenA and 48 more

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manicam 18 44 1 Canada
1 Sep 2022 1:39PM
What a wonderful found ! A superb composition.

Sherman GrinGrinGrin
LynneJoyce Plus
14 22 101 United Kingdom
1 Sep 2022 1:54PM
That screen is imaginative and lovely and it sits beautifully against the old stonework.
mrswoolybill Plus
16 3.8k 2590 United Kingdom
1 Sep 2022 1:54PM
Thanks Pamela, I've known this screen a long time and I love it. Though I think of the birds as doves.
saltireblue Plus
12 13.7k 84 Norway
1 Sep 2022 4:19PM
The modern building in the background - St. Cross House - is where I worked in (the then) DHSS. We moved into the brand new office from premises in Ogle Road.
taggart Plus
18 47 15 United States
1 Sep 2022 5:27PM
A delightfully meaningful screen---
and thank you for your text!
dudler Plus
19 2.0k 1996 England
1 Sep 2022 5:35PM
That's a very beautiful screen. Thank you for showing it to me.
mac Plus
21 14 Scotland
1 Sep 2022 5:37PM
It looks like an unusual gate, but after reading your notes, it takes on new dimensions. A lovely memorial to all these sailors lost, well photographed, and presented, Pamela.
helenlinda Plus
15 374 22 United Kingdom
1 Sep 2022 7:28PM
How beautiful - so glad you have taken a closer photo of it SmileSmile
bricurtis Plus
17 2.8k 53 England
1 Sep 2022 9:01PM
Interesting image - supeb clarity displaying the screen. a great piece of artwork, those birds seem to have movement.
TrevBatWCC Plus
14 13 19 England
2 Sep 2022 2:48PM
I do love those gates, and so good to see them following your wider view of this scene, Pamela 😃 super capture 👍🏻
Trev 😃
capto Plus
10 7.2k 33 United Kingdom
2 Sep 2022 6:49PM
Lovely to view.Smile
Lillian Plus
13 23 17 United Kingdom
4 Sep 2022 9:28AM
Interesting to see a closer view from last image
like the info given as well Pamela, makes the building
so interesting

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