A misericord in Worcester Cathedral depicting a seated woman with a distaff and a man digging, supported on the left and right by the faces of a man and woman with the heads, legs and wings of animals

Worcester Cathedral, College Yard, Worcester, Worcestershire
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Christ and St Mary's Cathedral, College Yard, Worcester, Worcestershire
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The misericords in Worcester Cathedral date from 1379, with several modern additions. The misericords represent biblical scenes, nine Labours of the Months, and scenes of everyday life. This misericord, the sixteenth from the east on the north side, depicts a seated woman on the left, holding a distaff, and a man digging on the right. The supporter on the left is the face of a man, and on the right the face of a woman, both with grotesque heads, the legs and feet of a quadruped, wings of a bird, and heads and necks of swans. The central scene is suggested to be a reference to "when Adam delved and Eve span".


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


Misericord, Medieval Cathedral, Religion