This is detail from the Chancel Screen with prow shaped integral gates, all in mild steel and bronze, located within the ruined walls of Holy Rood Church, Southampton.
Stainless steel seagulls fly through the wave-like bars, representing the souls of mariners. It was designed by Charles Normandale in 2004–06 and made by the team at Wheely Down Forge.
Holy Rood was probably built before 1066 and erected on its present site in 1320.
After destruction by bombing in 1940 it became a memorial to the Merchant Navy and is known as ‘The Church of the Sailors’. The ruins have been preserved by the people of Southampton as a memorial garden of rest.
There is a plaque there, which I found quite amusing for its grammar, yet sad at the same time, which says, “SACRED TO THE MEMORY of twenty two brave and disinterested men commemorated by name in a corresponding tablet who in attempting to check the ravages of a calamitous fire in this parish on the night of November the 7th 1837 either perished in the flames or survived but a short time the injuries they received. The sympathizing public who have protected the widow and orphans of those who had families, erect this grateful but melancholy memorial of their intrepidity, their sufferings, and their awfully sudden removal into an eternal state. Prepare to meet thy God”.
3 versions, giving a bit of context.
It was very sunny on my first visit and the stainless steel seagulls presented a problem, so I went back to see if I could do better.
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