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Holyrood Chancel Screen 1

By pamelajean
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.

Tags: Church Architecture Sailors Southampton Memorial Ruin Hants

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Hermanus 4 4 South Africa
31 Aug 2013 5:58PM
A very interesting write up to accompany these excellent images Pamela !! I really like V2 a lot !!

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6 5.1k 125 United Kingdom
31 Aug 2013 6:08PM
A wonderfully interesting and well written foreword supported by three great images which fit in the details beautifully.

Regards Nathan GrinGrinGrin
CarolG Plus
9 196 18 Greece
31 Aug 2013 6:12PM
Amazing wording, Pamela, but what a stunning pair of gates, very well captured. As for seagulls, have to admit I thought they were depicting horns of some animal Wink Carol
RonnieAG Plus
6 153 116 Scotland
31 Aug 2013 6:29PM
That's a very poignant and moving narrative that you have provided to accompany your images, Pamela: and so good that their sacrifice has been recognised for posterity.
The screen has been so artistically designed, the stainless steel seagulls representing the free spirits of those who lost their lives.
Thank you for showing these shots and for your very full narrative, Pamela.
JuBarney Plus
5 20 3 United Kingdom
31 Aug 2013 6:31PM
Really lovely and interesting shots and gates; I love V3.
(I thought V1 was horns too!)
banehawi Plus
12 1.5k 3529 Canada
31 Aug 2013 6:47PM
Lovely set.

franken Plus
14 4.0k 4 Wales
31 Aug 2013 6:55PM
Interesting set here.

mikbee 9 3 8 Scotland
31 Aug 2013 7:46PM
I usually favour the smaller detailed pic' Pamela,
but in this case I prefer the bigger pic' of V3.
Good set.
fentiger Plus
15 916 23 England
31 Aug 2013 8:36PM
Fascinating images Pamela and very interesting background information.

netta1234 Plus
4 371 2 Wales
31 Aug 2013 9:19PM
A verry interesting setSmile
Really like the way you've captured these.. All super compositions with excellent narrative
woolybill1 Plus
10 22 68 United Kingdom
31 Aug 2013 9:42PM
Very beautiful in close-up and in the wider view, some well-selected and well-composed images.
We were there only a fortnight ago; only I penetrated a couple of metres through the main entrance while Moira sat on a bench outside: in the city of our birth Holyrood Church is one of the most celebrated yet least visited by the natives, so I must admit to not having bothered . . . Just as my grandmother, living almost ninety years within easy walking distance of the Tower of London, never ventured inside . . . .
Thank you for the history lesson!
mrswoolybill Plus
9 985 1499 United Kingdom
31 Aug 2013 9:46PM
And I was sitting watching an outsize lady and a rhinoceros sculpture...
It's between V1 and V2, for the balance of flight and rigidity. I think V2 just wins for me, it has a freedom and looseness. Very good and I wish I had taken both.
The UA is for V2, marginally.
Diggeo 3 13 United Kingdom
31 Aug 2013 10:05PM
Nice captures and interesting story!!
Lillian Plus
7 22 17 United Kingdom
31 Aug 2013 10:16PM
Very impressed Pamela, the detail and comp is your usual high standard
but love the over all view of those stunning gates in V3
taggart Plus
12 47 13 United States
1 Sep 2013 1:46AM
unique and fascinating,

and very well photographed !
CaroleS Plus
6 423 3 United Kingdom
1 Sep 2013 8:00AM
A very poignant background story - I do like the larger picture of those cleverly designed gates, but equally like the detail in V1Smile
mrswoolybill Plus
9 985 1499 United Kingdom
1 Sep 2013 8:31AM
Pamela, Bill has passed on your pm. I think this goes back to something that we talk about sometimes - how people can easily overlook the wonderful things on their doorstep. We grew up so close to this place, I knew it as the Sailors' Church, it was just part of the normal everyday scene. So I guess we have never really explored it properly. Next time in the South we'll make sure to go back and look with fresh eyes. Thank you.
saltireblue Plus
6 6.0k 33 Norway
1 Sep 2013 12:14PM
Interesting comments by Bill and Moira. I too spent a good deal of my life in So'ton, and indeed, worked for a couple of years in the office block adjoining these ruins. (St. Cross House, seen in the bg in v2&3). We used to sit there to eat lunch in the summer, never thinking of its history or significance.
I also remember that the only time I explored the old city walls and the Bargate was on a visit after having moved away from the area.
I feel version 2 is the one that pleases most. The contrast between the old and the modern.

Glostopcat 10 255 2 England
1 Sep 2013 2:36PM
I think I prefer v3 where you've captured a whole flock of seagulls, When I saw v1 I originally thought that the seagull was some horns of an ancient breed of cattle.
1 Sep 2013 3:59PM
A very interesting write up, v2 for me
jdinne 13 16 England
1 Sep 2013 4:10PM
All three are thoughtfully composed and composed so well. They are all superb and just love V3 showing us this marvellous gate. Also thank you for the excellent narrative.

4 3 7 United Kingdom
2 Sep 2013 1:40AM
I look forward to Sunday as that is when you post an image and I learn something new!WinkGrinGrinGrinGrin
ChiliMan Plus
10 135 17 Singapore
2 Sep 2013 12:38PM
Oh my...I LOVE that artwork...and I truly do not think this could have been photographed any better, Pamela. V2 gets me more than the others. 'Cos you get all those lovely lines and textures in the background too.

You're so right about the grammar. Fair enough, the content is sad. But it's funny to read how it was written. Especially that first sentence.

Thank you SO much for your UA on my chilli mouth, by the way. Such a wonderful surprise GrinGrin

Brilane 10 5 12 Wales
2 Sep 2013 4:29PM
Interesting shots, and commentary.
4 Sep 2013 9:38AM
What a wonderful set Pamela I really like them all Smile
xwang 7 55 8
5 Sep 2013 3:55PM
A wonderful set, I especially like V1, the DOF made it almost 3D, flying towards me.. Thanks for the informative writing up, Pamela.
Mavis Plus
14 143 2 England
8 Sep 2013 12:38AM
I walked past this ruined Church many times Pamela but never thought tp go & take a closer look . I find version 3 with all the beautiful birds on the gates very moving . The designer was very clever & you have brought it all to life xx
nonur Plus
7 17 11 Turkey
25 Sep 2013 12:18AM
Wonderful work of art, excellent shots.
Chinga Plus
5 3 1 United Kingdom
28 Sep 2013 1:11AM
SUPERB! Love this - My compliments... IB

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