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So much for symmetry

By dudler
And no, it's not just me...

Five portrait-format frames combined in Photoshop, in a church in Hertfordshire. There seemed to be a lot of oddities about the place, but none greater than the utterly different arches in the north and south aisles. I'd welcome any information - there wasn't anything that I could find in the church itself.

I'll add a version of one of the frames, for comparison. This kept Photoshop chewing for a minute or two, and the original file was over 18,000 pixels wide... It failed to upload, so I trimmed it to 10k.

Tags: Architecture Church interior Silly Sunday St Marys Redbourn

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mistere Plus
8 10 4 England
3 Oct 2021 12:35PM
Looks like the Church has had a number of 'additions' over the years.
No wonder its a bit of a mix of styles.
According to the interpipe.
The Church was consecrated in about 1100, the oldest parts being the nave and west tower. The North Aisle, with its Norman arches, was added around 1140 and the chancel in 1340..
In the 14th century the Chancel was enlarged and the South Aisle was built. The south chapel and porch were added between 1444 and 1455. The clerestory was added around 1478.
Further changes were made in the 15th century and the east window was installed in 1886. The church remained structurally unchanged until 1989 when the Transept Hall, which provides a parish hall and other facilities, was built to the North of the Church.
The church's pipe organ originally dating from 1888.
That's all folks....Smile
jacomes Plus
6 39 45 Portugal
3 Oct 2021 12:46PM
Nice interior shot, but it looks like PS stretched the sides when stitching.
DaveRyder Plus
7 5.9k 13 United Kingdom
3 Oct 2021 12:54PM
Looks like the right hand didn't know what the left was doing.
IamDora 1 6 Canada
3 Oct 2021 1:02PM
I'm wondering about a crop up from the bottom to get rid of the slanting pews - unless of course, they are slanted. Seems anything could be possible in this church
cooky Plus
18 6 6 United Kingdom
3 Oct 2021 1:29PM
You would think they would have matched in any additions but the two sides each have an appeal, traditional to the right and lets go slightly Mediterranean to the left! The Church has always had strange laws unto itself! I like the man at the altar - he has perfect symmetry!

saltireblue Plus
11 12.6k 79 Norway
3 Oct 2021 1:56PM
Something has really upset and annoyed PS, John. Even the roof is squint!
dudler Plus
18 1.8k 1894 England
3 Oct 2021 2:43PM
Malc, I think that's because PS took the roofline from a shot pointed to the right...

The same thing applies, in reverse, to the pews Dora noticed.

Dave's historical digging indicates that both aisles have arches that were the norm when they were built - the friend I was with noted Norman arches on the left and Gothic on the right (we had met for a meal at the nearby Holy Bush pub - well worth a visit to both establishments).
kaybee 17 8.0k 27 Scotland
3 Oct 2021 3:55PM
A battle between architects?
banehawi Plus
17 2.7k 4282 Canada
3 Oct 2021 4:21PM
Tried a mod, sort of works a bit.
mac Plus
20 13 Scotland
3 Oct 2021 4:49PM
Mod uploaded. I used the new geometry tool in Photoshop and also the "Fill" tool. To straighten, they had to lose some parts of the picture, but not too bad?
JuBarney Plus
10 36 5 United Kingdom
3 Oct 2021 4:55PM
It is still a beautiful church and hope it wasn't this empty today!
dudler Plus
18 1.8k 1894 England
3 Oct 2021 5:07PM
Thanks to Willie and Ian for interesting mods. I know I was being lazy, having gone to the trouble of combining five RAW files...
3 Oct 2021 6:37PM

Don't confuse symmetry with balance
~ Tom Robbins
dark_lord Plus
17 2.9k 794 England
3 Oct 2021 8:59PM
I thoiught different styles and dates befor reading Dave's commemt.

The perspective in the lead is 'orrect' because of your viewpoint, not a lens or Photoshop anomaly.
Willie's mod is as oir brains expect to 'see' it.

And as you mention hostelries, there's one outside Dudley that will defeat any Photoshop correction Wink
dudler Plus
18 1.8k 1894 England
3 Oct 2021 9:16PM
Would that be The Crooked Billet, Keith?

I think I've met one or two of them... Is there also a Tilted Barrel? (Maybe we should go and check them...)
dark_lord Plus
17 2.9k 794 England
3 Oct 2021 9:20PM
TheTilted Barrel is one, but I was thinking The Crooked House.
Both as a result of local mining.

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