SP8526 : Stewkley - St Michael - Tympanum over West door

taken 7 years ago, near to Stewkley, Buckinghamshire, Great Britain

Stewkley - St Michael - Tympanum over West door
Stewkley - St Michael - Tympanum over West door
The "tympanum" is the semi-circular or triangular decorative wall surface over an entrance. Seen here is the Romanesque tympanum over the arched door in SP8526 : Stewkley - St Michael - West front
It is described as "unusual, if not unique" by the Victoria County Histories which continues "it has a long central keystone, with a small semi-circular canted arch on each side of it; the face of the tympanum, above the arches, is carved with winged monsters and foliage, slightly defaced; the moulded label is continued over the flanking arches which are semi-circular and each of one cheveron moulded order, with plain shafts".
See shared description below for more information about the church and relevant links.
Stewkley - St Michael

St Michael in the large village of Stewkley is one of the most complete and unaltered Norman churches in Britain. Only the south porch and south vestry from the C19th, and late 14th-century pinnacles, parapet and stair-turret to the tower date from later than c.1160 when the nave, tower and chancel were built in the reign of Henry II. (There are also a few modern buttresses to the chancel to help stabilise it).
The church was sensitively restored by G.E. Street 1862, at which time most traces from intervening centuries were removed. The chancel had previously required its roof to be rebuilt in 1844. The nave and tower also have C19th roofs.

There is a wealth of zig-zag or chevron ornamentation to windows, doors and arches. The interior being a particularly overwhelming array of these Norman geometric designs.
The interior is also unusual in having two arches (both Norman) the first between the nave and the tower, the second between tower and chancel.
The church contains a contemporaneous Norman "Tub" font.
There is a plan of the church here LinkExternal link
For much more detail on this church see:
EH Grade I listing LinkExternal link
BHO (VCH) information LinkExternal link

Creative Commons Licence [Some Rights Reserved]   © Copyright Rob Farrow and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.
1:50,000 Modern Day Landranger(TM) Map © Crown Copyright
1:50,000 Modern Day Landranger(TM) Map © Crown Copyright
TIP: Click the map for Large scale mapping
Change to interactive Map >
Grid Square
SP8526, 126 images   (more nearby search)
  (find more nearby)
Date Taken
Monday, 29 December, 2014   (more nearby)
Thursday, 15 January, 2015
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts  Village, Rural settlement  Religious sites 
Place (from Tags)
Listed Building Status (from Tags)
Grade I 
Period (from Tags)
Primary Subject of Photo
Church Detail 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SP 8519 2610 [10m precision]
WGS84: 51:55.6145N 0:45.7509W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SP 8518 2610
View Direction
EAST (about 90 degrees)
Looking for a postcode? Try this pageExternal link
Clickable map

Other Tags
West Front  Tympanum 

Click a tag, to view other nearby images.

Image classification(about): Supplemental image
This page has been viewed about 46 times.
View this location: KML (Google Earth) · Google MapsExternal link · Bing MapsExternal link · Geograph Coverage Map · geotagged! More Links for this image
W Go E
thumbs up icon