Monday, 22 October 2012

Hare & Hounds, Kilpeck Church

Kilpeck Church in Herefordshire is a beautifully preserved romanesque church with fantastic carving. The building consists of three cells: nave, chancel and apse. The whole building is of pink sandstone. It is famous for its collection of carved corbels, each with human and animal figures, such as the charming hare and hound. They have a soft, cartoon-like quality and deep piercing eyes. Of particular not is the doorway. The church's survival is probably thanks in part to its remoteness, in the wild borderlands of England and Wales. The churchyard is right up against a farm yard, and shows the closeness of religious and manorial sites in many ancient settlements.

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