The finial of a bench end in Holy Trinity Church, depicting a damaged figure holding a rope, thought to depict burying the dead

Holy Trinity Church, Church Lane, Blythburgh, Suffolk Coastal, Suffolk
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Church of the Holy Trinity, Church Lane, Blythburgh, Suffolk Coastal, Suffolk
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The finials on the bench ends in Holy Trinity Church date from around 1475, and are attached to 15th century benches which were reconstructed in the late 19th century. The carvings represent the Seven Deadly Sins, and the Seasons, and it is thought that the Seven Works of Mercy are also depicted. Other figures, including angels bearing symbols of the Holy Trinity and the Crown, also appear. It is thought that this figure represents burying the dead, a Work of Mercy. In the head of each finial is a small hole where lighted tapers were placed.


This is part of the Series: LTC01/01 Lady Trenchard Cox: Series of Negatives; within the Collection: LTC01 Lady Trenchard Cox Collection


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Photographer: Cox, Mary Desiree


Finial, Early Medieval Minster, Medieval Parish Church, Religion