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Wraxall Church tower

Wraxall Church tower

Artist: Grimm, Samuel Hieronymus

Medium: Ink wash on paper

Date: 1788

Shelfmark: Additional MS 15547

Item number: f.126

Genre: Manuscript

The church was built in the Gothic Perpendicular style although it has some earlier parts such as the Norman south doorway. The four-tiered west tower is impressive and has diagonal buttresses and is crowned by big square pinnacles. Each stage of the tower is lit by two-light windows.

The Gothic style (12th-16th centuries) is characterised by strong vertical lines, high vaulted ceilings, pointed window and door openings and buttressed walls, and falls between the Romanesque and Renaissance periods. Gothic Perpendicular (1375-1540) is further marked by the use of horizontal and perpendicular lines.

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