On Saint David’s Cathedral built 1181 ..One of many misercords on the Quire... do love these carvings ..not easy to capture..on my knees and was taken by some visitors that I was praying.....nearly was..trying to get up .. a misericord being a ledge from the underside of a hinged seat in a Quire stall which, when the seat is turned upwards it gives support to someone standing who wishes to take a quick break for the legs..well worth searching out... #wales #saintdavids #catherdral #misericord #boat
One of the misericords of Lancaster Priory’s choir stalls. ‘Misericord’ ultimately derives from the Latin misericors, meaning ‘compassionate’. These ledge-like seats gave monks something to perch on during long services when they were meant to be standing. As they were usually folded down they weren’t often seen or scrutinised, so their carving is often more adventurous than in other areas of a church. -
The scene in this misericord has been identified as a baptism. A man and woman kneel to the right of the font, while a priest (with a mutilated head) anoints them. The figures on the left are nuns in habits. The embroidery is the work of the priory’s own broderers. -
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The 15th century misericords in the Abbatiale d'Hastière (Abbey church of Hastière) are the oldest in Belgium. The carvings are quite nice. The first one symbolizes Marriage so adequately, with all the stress it brings along 😉
The abbey was founded in the 11th century on the banks of the Meuse river in the south of Belgium. The church of the monastery was built from 1033 to 1035 in the so-called Mosan-Romanesque style.
This pious place was the scene of a shocking murder, back in 1199. The times were turbulent, the Crusades were organized everywhere creating tensions between monasteries and abbeys. To solve the quarrels at the Hastière abbey, the dean of a neighbouring school, Walhère, is sent in by the prince-bishops of Liège. After he has appeased the spirits he is brought back at night, by boat, by one of the vicars. In the middle of the river, the latter kills Walhère with a violent stroke of an oar on the head and then throws his body in the Meuse.
At the place the body is found, a fountain springs up in the river, which never dries up. Although never canonized by the catholic church, Saint Walhère is venerated across the region. In at least three villages, each year processions proceeded by fanfares are held around his dying day, 23rd of June. These attract large crowds, afterwards enjoying a very lively fair which goes on for days. If this might cause any headaches, Saint Walhère can be invoked to cure them!
Between 1260 and 1264 the abbey church was enlarged by replacing the Romanesque apse with a larger Gothic choir and apse. In 1793 the monks were expelled and the monastery was destroyed. Only the church survived, as a parish church devoted to Saint Peter.
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A few pre-Reformation remains from St Nicholas, North Walsham: panels from two separate screens (each largely destroyed) and a wonderfully lively wildman, clutching his cudgel.
· Wintringham, St. Peter ·
Misericords are the name given to the shelves or ledges added to the underside of seats, provided for clergymen to lean against as they sung the divine offices of the medieval church. Throughout England and Europe there are some astonishing and sometimes frankly by our standards, bizarre images drawn straight from the medieval imagination to be seen beneath these seats. As priests didn't really require them for the performance of Mass, misericords don't often appear in parish churches as often as they do in cathedrals or collegiate churches. So why are they at Wintringham? These misericords are Victorian. Following the various religious reforms of the 16th century, changes to the liturgy of the established church meant that misericords were no longer needed. With the dissolution of the monasteries in the 1530s, their numbers began to diminish. A new liturgy was shaping and reordering the church interior, and so they largely disappeared (Laud tried to reintroduce them in the 1630s) only to be brought back in the 1800's when the Victorians ushered in their own church reforms. A wave of medievalism gripped the nation, affecting a great many aspects of Victorian life from architecture, art, philosophy and religion. The need for a choir returned to the church and the woodcarver was once again turning his tools to the images of the weird and wonderful.
Fifteenth-century misericord, St. Laurence Church, Ludlow. Misericords were installed to provide support and relief for the clergy and choir when they stood through long services. There are 28 misericord at Ludlow, one of the largest collections in any parish church. Depicted here a porter, or perhaps a peddler, pulls on his right boot and is preparing for a journey. The pack strapped to his back could be a consignment of cloth, very fitting for a town that was heavily involved in the wool trade. ‘Ludlow whytes’ was the name given to good quality white woollen material from the town, and was known in London well enough to fetch a good price! This carved design is not unique to Ludlow - there is an almost identical one in the chapel of All Souls College, Oxford. #misericord #england #britain #history #medieval #architecture #gothic #ludlow #shropshire #church #wool #peddler #heritage
Misericords and an arm rest, 1401-1419 - datable from the name of the rector between those dates, Johannes Curteys, appearing on one of the stalls. St Mary, Minster, Thanet.
Christchurch Priory Misericords - In pre-11th Century English churches, it was forbidden to sit down: there were no seats in the part of the church or cathedral for the lay congregation; nor were there any for monks or canons. However, this practice eased during the 12th Century. Initially, leaning staffs were permitted for the frail. Later, seats were added to the stalls. In time a further act of mercy was allowed by adding to the underside of the raised choir seat a small ledge, which gave some support. Misericord in this context was taken to mean an ‘indulgence seat’. Find out more about this fascinating restoration on the projects page of my website. Link in bio 👆🏻
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