The paper mache head and front legs of two papier mache elephants attached to the hammer beams supporting the aisle roof of St Swithin's Church

Date:
1930-1951
Location:
St Swithin's Church, Welford, Wickham, West Berkshire
Reference:
AA51/05758
Type:
Photograph (Negative)

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Description

The elephants are reputedly from the Paris Exhibition of 1862. One writer claims that they were placed in the church by an incumbent who preferred to address his sermons to the paper mache figures rather than to the congregation, as the elephant is a symbol of wisdom, "a quality notably lacking in his parishioners".

Content

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

Rights

© Historic England Archive

People & Organisations

Photographer: Cox, Mary Desiree

Keywords

Animal Figure, Hammer Beam, Early Medieval Church, Post Medieval Church