Yes, there are a few churches around Northamptonshire we need to see, I think, let alone St Albans, Roman or not. It can’t all be Roman… in fact, the St Michael’s church there is Anglo Saxon and dates from the early 900s apparently. There is a rather unusual monument there to Francis Bacon too; for all the conflicting accounts of his personal life, the writer of ‘New Atlantis’ is an interesting character. “Thou, O Father, who gavest the visible light as the first-born of thy creatures…”
I got to the bottom of the ‘Mary’ in the window of the church at North Marston, by the way. I knew who it was too, just couldn’t think of the name… largely because it isn’t a Mary at all… it is Tabitha/ Dorcas… we’ve met her before… our ‘gazelle’.
Odd you should mention that the sculpture of St Dunstan reminds you of the St Michael and the Devil at Canterbury… Dunstan was Archbishop there you know. Having looked, I can’t find the name of the sculptor of the Risborough piece, though the style differs a fair bit from the Epstein. On the other hand, they both reminded me of the ‘green man’ from the cathedral church in Sheffield.
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