berwick

October 14, 2010

in East Sussex, is a must on the itinerary for visitors to Charleston and all things Bloomsburyish. There is a pub . . .

  

 . . . maybe the foliage will hide the light soon.  At the base of the sign post,  a clutch of fungi denote the damp conditions and the lush growth on the turf . . .

 . . and a metal gate that hasn’t been updated yet . . thank goodness . . .

 . .  and on the way to the church I caught a glimpse of a crab, probably Malus ‘Golden Hornet’,  beautifully silhouetted and with much to show off at this time of year . . .

 . .  entering the churchyard there is a view across the fields to the north. A  kissing gate is an enticing entry to the paddock . . .

 . . and this well crafted grave stone would have made  Jeremy proud, I’m sure  . . .

 . . inside the Saxon and Norman church are the famous murals and a simple arrangement of pyracantha with some rosy apples tucked away at the base of the stems.

The ‘nativity’ scene is quite realistic in the context of the setting with a real Sussex barn and local children and a child Bell posing in their Sunday best. Check out the initial sketches on the highlighted website – they are quite majestic . . .

 . . . and the pulpit repainted by Duncan Grant with bright light coming through the south facing windows . . .

 . . and The Supper at Emmaus’ painted by Quentin Bell – live models again and a truthful and wonderfully dominant background of The Downs . . .

 

 . . . just turning to look out at the view again and I’m reassured that a sense of beauty still exists and Fauré ‘Libera Me’ for someone who is thought well about this week.

 

2 Responses to “berwick”


  1. Love that pulpit. I’m a sucker for that simple, artisan-painter style of decorative work, with the flora (and fauna) pared down to a charming schematic. There’s a touch of Mary Fedden in these panels. Or perhaps one might say, a touch of Duncan Grant in Mary Fedden. Or maybe it’s just the style of an era. Whichever, it’s a lovely thing, and would be good to rest your eyes on should the sermon get a tad tiresome!

  2. julia fogg Says:

    Yes, the original panels were portraits of saints but I think these slightly more light hearted panels are more appealing. Much of his work looks ‘thrown away’ but has an underlying charm. Will Mary Fedden achieve the same reknown – on the number of cards sold alone probably a good deal more income.


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