Staunton Harold Church

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Staunton Harold Church is also known as the Chapel of the Holy Trinity. It is one of the few churches built between the outbreak of the English Civil War and the restoration of the monarchy, representing an open act of defiance to Cromwell's Puritan regime by its creator, Sir Robert Shirley.

Sir Robert Shirley who was a Royalist and supporter of the King never saw his church completed. Cromwell on hearing of Shirleys fine church is reported to have asked why he could not pay towards a ship for the Navy when he could afford so fine a building. When he refused he was arrested and imprisoned in the Tower of London, where he died, aged 27. The church was completed by the guardians of his son.

Above the west entrance in the tower is the inscription; "In the year 1653 when all things Sacred were throughout ye nation, Either demolisht or profaned, Sir Robert Shirley, Baronet, Founded this church; Whose singular praise it is, to have done the best things in ye worst times, and hoped them in the most callamitous. The righteous shall be had in everlasting remembrance."

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Comments (9)

Heinz Peierl on March 16, 2012

Schönes Foto

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Viele Grüße von der Mosel


Rosalyn Hilborne on March 16, 2012

Great sky and nice gates. What is that to the right of the gates? Love the leaning tree. Altogether very nice. Like.

⚔ Richard ⚔ on March 16, 2012

Beautiful Gothic Style Church Lovely Colours..Like..Regards Richard

Bram van Broekhoven on March 16, 2012

wonderful photo and building, very nice composition L

Panos Mourlas on March 17, 2012

Amazing place and capture!!!

Like !!!

Greetings from Greece.


Free Wheels on March 17, 2012

Heinz How are you? thank you for your kind comments.

Rosa It was a perfect day weather wise - made it easy for me to get the sky. The gateway on the right was roped off. However if memory serves, it led to a footpath across the fields. Thank you for your comments.

Richard Hi, colours, that is something I'm learning from your gallery. It is a beautiful church with a lot of history, the inside has hardly changed in over 300 yrs. Unfortunately it was closed, it belongs to the National Trust and is only open to the public when they have someone there to take your money.

Bram If I learnt colour from Richard, I learned a lot about taking photos of building from you. Thank you for your comments.

Panos Hi, welcome to my gallery. Thank you for your comments and L

K@rin on March 19, 2012

hello Mark lovely photo of this idyllic looking place with a very nice little church, like, best wishes karin

Free Wheels on March 19, 2012

karin hi, it is a very peaceful place and one I enjoy visiting. Thank you for your comments and L

Ian It does have some beautiful stained glass. It's been a few years since I last went inside the church. As Richard has pointed out the architecture is Gothic, the furnishings and fittings are Jacobean.

Paulo Yuji Takarada on April 1, 2012

É uma visão espetacular da Igreja, parabéns pelo registro. F1 Saudações e tenha um excelente semana, de Dourados - Mato Grosso do Sul - Brasil

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