Hoar Cross

I first visited Bodley’s church of the Holy Angels in Hoar Cross in the mid-1970s.   It made a great impression on me for its solidity and seriousness and sense of high Victorian conviction.   It did so again today:  big, like an abbey church, with no money spared by the widow, Emily Meynell Ingram, on its ornament and decoration.

We had plenty of time to admire the outside as there was a wedding going on:-

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Good gargoyles:-

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And a wonderful, richly ornamented, grand interior:-

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4 thoughts on “Hoar Cross

  1. Congratulations on your knighthood – Charles Saumarez Smith has a rich tone when prefaced by Sir. I have tried it a few times today much to my dogs surprise. Bodley runs in your veins, surely, having worshipped in his chapel every morning during your days at Marlborough. Wiggy Gough described Stanhope’s paintings as maudlin. Perhaps they are ?

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