The West door at St. Peter's in Thurston

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Comments (19)

Steven Stoddart on April 22, 2011

The decorated flint work caught my eye at first.. then the carved heads on either side of the door. I should imagine the old King and Queen have seen a thing or two since they were 'installed'... Normally, such figures tend to have a rather stern countenance but these two seem almost approachable.

K@rin on April 22, 2011

Hello Steve, after first reading yr comment I enlarged the photo, It is Superb in sharpness , lovely details and all these flintstones what a work that must have been , to the photo itself, beautiful captured and lovely colourtones , really well done job, BIG LIKE , best wishes K@rin

I Like-2 this very nice photo dear friend!!

Happy Easter to you and your family!!!!!!!!!

Greetings and best wishes from Greece-Piraeus.


Cindy Breen on April 24, 2011

Very nice Stevelove the work on this I am guessing it would be nice in B&W as well


Happy Easter Marion

Closed on April 24, 2011

Lovely composition SuperSteve! I had to enlarge this one and then was lost in the detail! OH MY Goodness! It's wonderful!

Happy Easter wishes to you and yours! Stars and smiles, GG:)

Steven Stoddart on April 25, 2011

Hello Karin - Chuffed you liked this! When I saw the west door, with dappled sunlight on it, there was no doubt I would add it to the list of things to photograph while I was here. I did not spot the stone carvings until I checked the photo... I suppose they are Gargoyles but they look far too friendly to be called such :-)

As for the flint work, there was tons (or tonnes I suppose!)of the stuff lying about in the middle ages and was used in Churches and houses alike as a building material. Even today, there are huge chunks of it lying about to break a farmer's plough :-(

Thanks for the like, Karin and I hope you had an excellent Easter..



Greetings Nikos! A happy Easter to you and your family too ;:-). Thanks for stopping by and for the like..



Bonjour Annie :-) Je suis heureux vous ai aimé cette photo: : -)

J'espère que vous avez eu excellente Pâques…



Hiya Marion :-) The flint work is remarkable... it is a notoriously difficult material to work with so effort that must have gone into building this (and many others like it in East Anglia) must have been incredible.

Really chuffed to see it warrants a YS, Marion.. thanks everso for that :-)

I did look at it in B&W but I thought the blue tones of the Flint were lost once the colour was taken out.... Have a go and see what you think...

I hope you had a grand Easter break..



Hello GG :-) I take it the last gasp of winter has left you relatively unscathed?

Spring is in full flow here and the Easter break has been the the sunniest on record. Temperatures in the 80's and 90's, hardly a breath of wind and little cloud in the sky. Annya and I went out for a fabulous walk yesterday in all that sunshine and while we were out, I did think of you and what you had to say about getting ready for another winter storm...

The flint work is incredible.. a real testament to the skill of the stonemason and flint-knapper of the medieval age. Mind you, these rural Churches were ornate mainly due to the patronage bestowed by wealthy landowners...

To hand over wads of cash to build a Church was regarded as a Club-class ticket through the Pearly Gates.... A practice encouraged by corpulent Bishops at the time. A cynical ploy it may have been but without it, the artisans at the time would not have had the work and there would be a blank spot in my Pano pages!!

I hope you had a grand Easter break.... and stars and smiles from GG are always welcome :-)



Theolfa on April 25, 2011

This excellent photograph of a beautiful church door, which, by the way is fabulous when zoomed, intigued me enough to search the web. A very interesting history! Thanks, Steve! Theolfa

Steven Stoddart on April 26, 2011

Hi there Theolfa :-) Many Suffolk churches have flintwork in their walls... there was (and still is) so much of it about... The West door here though has a wonderfully decorated arch that is not as common...

For me though, it is the "his and her" stone carvings that makes this place stand out... for three reasons. First, they are beautifully crafted. Second, their expression suggests they are not hurling fire and brimstone at "all ye who enter here" and third, their condition... remarkable when you consider their age.

Chuffed you enjoyed this, Theolfa... and the link to the history of the Church :-)



BritPlom on April 27, 2011

superb door!

Did you use an HDR software to get this soft contrast?


greetings François

Steven Stoddart on April 28, 2011

Hello François :-) I did! the soft feel to this is probably due to the gentle breeze...A gentle breeze was making the branches of a tree move and this caused the light on the door to change as I captured the images...

Did you see the sculptures on each side of the door?

thanks for the like..



Dee Wainwright on April 28, 2011

this looks like a magical door with all them tints of colour :-) lovely like

lozpet on May 3, 2011

AWESOME!! Hate that word, but, guess it sums it up. You have done a great job on this Steve, love it! YSL for this work of art, CHEERS, LOZ

Steven Stoddart on May 3, 2011

Thank you Loz... It took me two visits to the Church to get this one right. When I stood in front of the west door and looked at the flint work and those wonderful stone heads, I knew it was a subject I wanted to photograph. A combination of tradition (west-facing doors), time of day and a well placed apple tree to give a dappled light meant I had no excuse!

Thanks everso for the YS and for describing this as a work of art - I am so grateful for both.

Have you slowed down to a gallop yet?



Superb composition and splendid image. LIKE

Cheers from Italy, Tiffany

Steven Stoddart on May 5, 2011

Hello Tiffany :-) So glad you liked this photograph! Thanks for the like...



joyfotos on July 4, 2011

I always see dappled light as a challenge to be see it as a desirable asset:) Guess I have lots to learn. I never even noticed it in the shot until you mentioned it. What a beautiful old structure and you are right how pleasant the rulers overlooking it:) What a great bunch of shots you have posted while I've been away! Like!

Steven Stoddart on July 5, 2011

Hello ♥..Đeŋŋí..♥ - I missed your post :-( Sorry about that!

These big old oak doors can have a look of magic about them... I never thought about it in those terms before... Thank you for giving me a fresh way of looking at such things ;-)



Hello Joy - Thurston Church is one of the few Churches that has apple trees growing in the churchyard.... the dappled light you see was courtesy of just such a tree that grows in front of the west door. As for seeing dappled light as an asset, oh yes!

I am chuffed to bits you have enjoyed catching up here... It is grand to see you have had a good rummage!



Dee Wainwright on July 5, 2011

:-) i do love this photo

Stella Trantallidou … on October 1, 2011

L + FV.

Greetings, from Greece, STELLA.

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Photo taken in Thurston, Bury Saint Edmunds, Suffolk IP31, UK

Photo details

  • Uploaded on April 22, 2011
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    by Steven Stoddart
    • Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II
    • Taken on 2011/04/19 17:07:28
    • Exposure: 0.167s
    • Focal Length: 27.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/16.000
    • ISO Speed: ISO100