Stanleys – Kings and Leonard

Stroud, Gloucestershire                                                              Photos by Hetty

5th January 2017

Kings Stanley

The King’s Head – 17th century

St George’s Churchyard – can you see the dragon in the hedge, by the cross?

St George’s Church has 11th century origins and was restored in 1874-6. The manor used to be nearby, on the site of a Roman villa

Norman arch

Model of the church

Nave  

19th century painted barrel-vault ceiling and organ, 14th century carved head corbels

Painted ceiling of south aisle and chancel

Another monster in a garden

2nd January 2017                                                                        

A beautiful sunny day, but only 4 degrees C maximum!

2 miles – Map of walk

We parked in Kings Stanley. This house has a curved corner at the back and used to be the Red Lion Inn

15th to early 19th century buildings

 

We walked to Leonard Stanley, and went into St Swithun’s church – once part of a priory. It has not changed much since it was completed in 1129. The roof is 14th century, and large windows were added in the 13th and 14th centuries. An extra storey was added to the tower in the 15th century. The original 10th/11th century Saxon chapel remains behind the church, now a farm building

Norman arch

with corbels similar to crocodiles

Nave with 14th century ‘wagon’ roofThere are two recessed tombs – the left one is 13th century with a later staircase to a doorway above, which once gave access to the Rood Screen (to light candles), which separated the locals from the monks

Capitals under the tower

17th century boards, with part of the Rood Beam from the nave

Chancel with Norman vaulting shafts supporting the ceilingwith very rare picture capitals

Mediaeval sculpture of Adam and Eve as animals

15th century west window, with modern stained glass

Royal Arms of William III, early 1700s

 

The ancient ‘Fieldgate’ clock mechanism known as ‘Old Solomon’, c.1700, was once in the tower. This arch once gave access to the cloister.

Information about Leonard Stanley

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