Ratcliffe on Soar, Holy Trinity, Nottinghamshire, *

“Above are Henry Sacheverell’s (d.1625) three wives, who failed to supply a male heir, each kneeling at a prayer desk…Dresses are full and severe, the headgear sweeping back in long falls. These ladies seem to offer an ominous welcome to the Stuart age.”




Kingston on Soar, St Wilfrid, Nottinghamshire*

“Some treasures are found in the most unexpected places. Kingston is a rebuilt church of 1900 whose exterior hardly rates a second glance, yet it houses the extraordinary Babingon memorial…The huge capitals are decorated with babies holding barrels. Between the east piers is a lovely carved relief of the Last Judgement, damaged but still discernible. Buildings rise behind the blessed and the damned. A benign God sits on top and the jaws of Hell are open wide at the bottom.”