The Hospital of St Cross, Winchester
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
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