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Church Mysteries

Thanks to your help we've solved several church mysteries already. Here are some more - this time interiors that we have found tricky to locate. A bit of local knowledge might help - do you recognise any?

If you can identify a place, or spot a clue that might help our cataloguers, please contact us with the details via email: canyouhelp@HistoricEngland.org.uk.

Church mystery 1

Archive black and white photograph showing a church interior with a decorated octagonal font in the foreground surrounded by scaffolding, wheelbarrows and ladders.
A font in a unidentified church undergoing renovation work. Photographed 1880-1900. © Historic England Archive OP06839

Church mystery 2

Archive colour photograph showing a decorated church interior with a painted and gilded ceiling, a wooden rood screen with painted sculptural figures including a crucifixion on top, and a wall with painted and gilded niches containing further sculptural figures in the background.
Interior showing the decorated screen and reredos of an unidentified church. Photographed by Eric de Mare, probably in the 1970s. The image at the top of the page is of the same church. © Historic England Archive FF98/00217

Church mystery 3

Archive black and white photograph showing a decorative wood-panelled choir screen.
Interior church detail of a split-level choir screen. Photographed by Nathaniel Lloyd 1915-33. © Historic England Archive CC002433

Church mystery 4

Archive black and white photograph showing a wooden gallery with bell ropes tied-off ready for ringing.
MYSTERY SOLVED - Thank you Toby. Southwell Minster, Nottinghamshire (not Oxfordshire at all). The interior of the ringing gallery in the crossing tower as it appeared prior to 1960. Since then there has been a floor across the ringing gallery instead of this airy space 70 feet above the crossing! Photographed by Henry W Taunt 1860-1922. © Historic England Archive CC96/00065

Church mystery 5

Archive black and white photograph of a church altar made of a large stone slab on top of a carved base with a curtain behind.
The altar of an unidentified church. Photographed by Henry W Taunt 1860-1922. Could be anywhere but Taunt was most active in the Oxfordshire and River Thames area. © Historic England Archive CC96/00002

Church mystery 6

Archive black and white photograph showing a decorated stone rood screen, looking towards the altar at the east end of a church.
A rood screen in an unidentified church. Photographed by Bedford Lemere and Company in 1910. © Historic England Archive BL20153

Church mystery 7

Archive colour photograph of a church interior showing roof vaulting and decorative arcading.
MYSTERY SOLVED: Thank you Chris! St Augustine's Church, Kilburn, City of Westminster. Believed to be the view from the south transept looking north-east. Photographed by Eric de Mare, probably 1970s. © Historic England Archive FF98/00218

Church mystery 8

Archive black and white photograph of a chest tomb in a church, surmounted by recumbent sculptured figures in an attitude of prayer.
Church interior showing a stone sarcophagus. Photographed by Alfred Newton and Sons 1896-1920. © Historic England Archive BB98/06219

Church mystery 9

Archive black and white photograph of a church interior with a font, wall monuments, the bottom edge of the organ loft, one aisle pier and a window with some stained glass.
Church interior with a font in foreground. Possibly Buckinghamshire. Photographed by Alfred Newton and Sons 1896-1920. © Historic England Archive AA98/04027

Church mystery 10

Archive black and white photograph looking over wooden chairs towards an brick-built arch into an apsidal chancel with a tall raised altar.
Interior of an unidentified brick-built church. Photographed in 1888 by Henry W Taunt. Could be anywhere but Taunt was most active in the Oxfordshire and River Thames area. © Historic England Archive CC72/00379
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