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Holbeach, Exterior

Holbeach, Exterior

Photographer: Johnson, Edward

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1869

Shelfmark: 4707.g.2

Item number: 44

Length: 14.6

Width: 18.3

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

"Holbeach Church (All Saints) is the most perfect example of the Decorated period of architecture...It is large and lofty, and its parts - chancel, nave, aisles, tower, and spire - well proportioned. The tracery of the chancel and aisle windows being of the easy flowing character of the early part of the reign of K. Edwd. III. (circa 1340). The clere-story, tower, and spire are a few years later, probably of the reign of K. Rich. II. (circa 1380)...The principal feature is the very massive tower 86 feet high...The proportions of the tower and spire, and the skilful manner in which the one is adapted to the other are most admirable; and the execution of the work, especially of the spire with its sixteen spire-lights, gabled, hooded, and corbled, with the plain bold roll at its angles supported at each of its four corners by a stone crozier, is very masterly, and properly ranks among the best examples of the earliest Perpendicular period. The embattled parapet of this tower is very effective."

Text by the Vicar of Spalding Edward Moore from the book 'The Fen and Marshland Churches'.

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