E.J.Wilkins

04 May 2008 775 views
 
supporter of
atom rss 1.0 rss 2.0
web browser google del.icio.us digg technorati
| lost password
birth date
cancel
photoblog image The Hospital of St Cross, Winchester

The Hospital of St Cross, Winchester


Parrot Lectern

As far as I can remember this is the only surviving example of an oak Parrot Lectern anywhere in the UK, perhaps in the world.

There is evidence that attempts have been made to saw through it (or it may be a join), perhaps done recently, perhaps during the Commonwealth period after the Civil War, when many church 'ornaments' were destroyed, damaged, defaced or in the case of murals, were painted over.

It says - here - that "it was to have been destroyed long ago, but was cut up by a man so cleverly that he was able to put it together again."

and - here - that the "... lectern (1507) with a parrot and a heart, (the parrot's cap) symbolizing that the preachers of the gospel do not repeat themselves parrot-fashion, but should read with the heart."

I'd be very grateful if anybody can tell me more about this lectern.

The picture was taken on Ash Wednesday, 6th February 2008, hence the purple.
.....

The Hospital of St Cross and Almshouse of Noble Poverty is at Winchester – here –

….. 

St Cross is a charitable institution; it is non-secular. It receives no support from central government, and depends entirely on day to day donations. If you would like to offer financial support please look here for more information http://www.stcross.f2s.com/howhelp.htm

....

If you would like to see more of my pictures of St Cross please look - here -
If you like what you see, perhaps you would like to donate to the charity. Every penny helps.
.

The Hospital of St Cross, Winchester


Parrot Lectern

As far as I can remember this is the only surviving example of an oak Parrot Lectern anywhere in the UK, perhaps in the world.

There is evidence that attempts have been made to saw through it (or it may be a join), perhaps done recently, perhaps during the Commonwealth period after the Civil War, when many church 'ornaments' were destroyed, damaged, defaced or in the case of murals, were painted over.

It says - here - that "it was to have been destroyed long ago, but was cut up by a man so cleverly that he was able to put it together again."

and - here - that the "... lectern (1507) with a parrot and a heart, (the parrot's cap) symbolizing that the preachers of the gospel do not repeat themselves parrot-fashion, but should read with the heart."

I'd be very grateful if anybody can tell me more about this lectern.

The picture was taken on Ash Wednesday, 6th February 2008, hence the purple.
.....

The Hospital of St Cross and Almshouse of Noble Poverty is at Winchester – here –

….. 

St Cross is a charitable institution; it is non-secular. It receives no support from central government, and depends entirely on day to day donations. If you would like to offer financial support please look here for more information http://www.stcross.f2s.com/howhelp.htm

....

If you would like to see more of my pictures of St Cross please look - here -
If you like what you see, perhaps you would like to donate to the charity. Every penny helps.
.

comments (14)

Do you know the significance of the parrot?
EJWilkins: I've been searching Mary, I've found a site that says, "... oak lectern (1507) with a parrot and a heart, symbolizing that the preachers of the gospel do not repeat themselves parrot-fashion, but should read with the heart." I don't know if it's true though.
Ellie! Sorry i've not been commenting in ~ages~ I've been soooo busy at work that I only have time to get on here on weekends -- my photos have even been far and few between it seems.

This is a great photo. The shadow details are great and the composition is cool too smile

I hope all is well!
iain.
EJWilkins: No worries Iain smile
nice capture
  • martie
  • Okinawa, soon to be US
  • 4 May 2008, 04:29
Gorgeous! I'd never heard of it, but I'm glad you have shared with us. Your skills in capturing the details of the feathers is fantastic!
EJWilkins: It was one of the things I really wanted to photograph last time I was there, with Colin (Chunter), because the previous time I'd tried I'd found it very hard to get the detail.
  • ray
  • Thailand
  • 4 May 2008, 05:53
You are kidding us, of course, Ellie...most kids know that this is actually a Jim Henson puppet
EJWilkins: Ah, so maybe Jim Henson had seen it, used it as an idea wink
  • chad
  • In front of a computer
  • 4 May 2008, 08:38
It is a fine piece of work, Ellie, and thank you for the story. I am afraid that i cannot add to the history.
EJWilkins: It's quite a struggle to find anything online about it, St Cross isn't a 'popular' tourist venue - thank goodness, because it would possibly spoil the magic of the place. I'll keep looking though, never know what I might find out. smile
  • Helen
  • Albuquerque, NM USA
  • 4 May 2008, 09:41
This is so interesting! Nice photo!!
Beautiful piece of art Ellie. I had never heard of it before. Thanks for sharing!
  • tim
  • leeds uk
  • 4 May 2008, 13:05
fabulous image Elliesmile
Such cool history and such an unusual piece to see in a church. Great find!
Lots of interesting information here Ellie, and a great carved chair. The draped piece of the vicar's clothing almost makes this look like a man with a funny face.
EJWilkins: It's a lectern Brian, they are draped with colours according to the religious 'season'. This was at the beginning of Lent.
It's a marvellous carving though, shows incredible skill.
Oh this is splendid: one of my genuine interests is church carving. I might run a series on Green Men one day
EJWilkins: That would be good Chris. There's usually a green man somewhere in a church, I'll have to see if I can find the one at St Cross.
Well this is all new to me. Very interesting Ellie.
EJWilkins: You'll have to visit Bill, you'd really like it.
  • mickyboy
  • North Yorkshire
  • 4 May 2008, 19:43
Looks like foghorn leghorn from the cartoons.lol nice shot and history. Nice touch with the purple scalf
EJWilkins: A bit, perhaps, maybe it's this sort of thing they got the idea from?

Leave a comment

must fill in
[stop comment form]
show
for this photo I'm in a any and all comments icon ShMood©
camera E-400
exposure mode aperture priority
shutterspeed 1/13s
aperture f/5.0
sensitivity ISO100
focal length 24.0mm
Tallinn MemorialTallinn Memorial
The Hospital of St Cross, WinchesterThe Hospital of ...
Bored with waitingBored with waiti...

Warning