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St. Aldhelm's Chapel, Central Column - Sketch from 1993

St. Aldhelm's Chapel, Central Column - Sketch from 1993
Well, here we are: nothing to be proud of. But next to a postcard and a *verysmall* leaflet (written by typewriter, without any pictures and copied in an *veryold* way), it was the only image I brought along that time (hardly to imagine nowadays). After a bit of diggin' in my cellar I found it again and I realized that time paints things always more beautiful. In my memory it was more powerfull, and esp. better at all. But as I have announced it to Tanja, I should show it now.

It's the central (and only) column of the building, which carries the ceiling, parted into four similar square vaults. But the most important of that thing are its holes - in which young girls droped or sticked a pin or a hair-pin, to wish for a husband of their choice. This time there weren't any, but in 1993 when I was the last time in Britain, I saw two of them sticking in that column. ;-)

From the leaflet (by Majorie Wallace, 1985, 2nd Edition by Robert Watton, 1992):
"Mrs. Dora Wallace, still living in Worth, recalls being taken by her mother to drop a pin into a hole and wish. Perhaps this is the remains of a very old custom of making an offering to the priest for prayer for the safety of friends at sea."

Don't ask me, why I did not take a photograph of this mighty part of the building - I just don't know. But I will be back next year (before the abillity to drive on the right side of the road disapears again), that's fact. Nevertheless you won't find a lot of photographs of that column in the net. Two links, I could find will follow further down and a very nice photo-line, found by Tanja, shows aside the column a lot of the countryside and some more nice "things".

Tanja's link:

My links:

Last, but not least: Aldhelm himself

Have fun!!

Christina Sonnenschein, Tanja - Loughcrew, Judith Jannetta, Andy Rodker and 2 other people have particularly liked this photo

8 comments - The latest ones
 Boarischa Krautmo
Boarischa Krautmo club
paßt doch.
2 years ago.
Leon_Vienna club has replied to Boarischa Krautmo club
Auch damals schon hatte ich Probleme mit den stürzenden Linien ... ;-)
2 years ago.
Boarischa Krautmo club has replied to Leon_Vienna club
kannst ja auf eine Kugeloberfläche zeichnen und dann glattbügeln ;-)
2 years ago.
Leon_Vienna club has replied to Boarischa Krautmo club
Na danke ...
2 years ago.
Gudrun club
Finde auch, dass das passt:-) Ich hätte das nicht zeichnen können...
Dieser Mittelpfeiler ist echt massiv, aber das muss er wohl auch sein!
2 years ago.
 Andy Rodker
Andy Rodker club
Have to say I love all this, the reminiscences and the external links, all terrific!
2 years ago.
 Tanja - Loughcrew
Tanja - Loughcrew club
Danke ;)))))) Danke Leon...und wer sich die Zeit nimmt, dort drinnen sowas schönes zu zeichnen, der hat es im Innersten mitgenommen..ich wünschte, ich könnte das Kapellchen wirklich mal sehen..toll gemacht!!!!
2 years ago.
Leon_Vienna club
Dank euch allen / Thank you everybody.
I am just awfully short on time, so I hardly can comunicate with you or visit your photographs in a proper way. I am very sorry about that! But see you soon. :-)
2 years ago.

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