Dear Don: Imaginary Isles…

Dear Don,

It was an interesting weekend with the research. The south transept window from Ashbourne has opened a whole set of mysteries to track down and so far I’ve only got a little way in. I enlisted the help of our friend who is interested in these things and she will look at some of her sources over the next week or so. I’ll be damned if I can find out anything about this Inbal person except the meaning of the name, ‘the clapper of the bell,’ or ‘that which makes music in a silent shell’.

blackpool 029On the other hand, all the personages in the window are either Biblical characters or saints associated with music, or more specifically, with song. And they are all depicted with halos and a dove above their heads. Of course, that would tie in with the octave… especially as there are seven of them… Wonder if that ties in with the Creation and the Word? Are the notes of the octave tuned to our days and to the seven of Genesis?

While I remember, I missed a fair bit when I was there, including an odd angle in the construction of the church itself. It has been suggested it mirrors the position of the body of Christ Crucified.

Add that to the other anomalies we had already identified there and I think it is going to need a second visit.

Continue reading at France and Vincent

About Sue Vincent

Sue Vincent is a Yorkshire-born writer and one of the Directors of The Silent Eye, a modern Mystery School. She writes alone and with Stuart France, exploring ancient myths, the mysterious landscape of Albion and the inner journey of the soul. Find out more at France and Vincent. She is owned by a small dog who also blogs. Follow her at and on Twitter @SCVincent. Find her books on Goodreads and follow her on Amazon worldwide to find out about new releases and offers. Email:
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