E.J.Wilkins

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photoblog image The Hospital of St Cross, Winchester

The Hospital of St Cross, Winchester


Requiescunt a laboribus suis
Opera enim illorum sequuntur illos

A beautifully carved screen, with a Latin inscription that is a little confusing to translate, that covers the entrance to the War Memorial Chapel.

I've been reading this site where there is a discussion about the age of the decoration of the interior stonework, and how it's a little confusing even for the experts.

I assume, perhaps incorrectly, that this screen is a Victorian addition paid for in part by an anonymous donation after the charity's finances were mismanaged by Francis North. *

The events during North's time as Master of St Cross are the basis for Anthony Trollope's "The Warden", who altered them somewhat with his story telling how the beneficial and conscientious Septimus Harding is hounded by a zealous John Bold who seeks to discover the reason for the difference between Harding's personal income and the lesser amount available to the charity he maintains. In the story Harding resigns following legal advice, in truth Francis North was forced from office after a lengthy legal dispute which ultimately led to the formation of what is now the Charity Commission.

The truth is quite a fascinating story, told in detail in this research document written by James J Fishman of Pace Law School, New York, and entitled - "Charity Scandals as a Catalyst of Legal Change and Literary Imagination in Nineteenth Century England" - (opens as adobe pdf file)

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 I believe this screen was designed by Sir Thomas Jackson, a notable Victorian and Edwardian architect who studied under Sir George Gilbert Scott. - read more in Wikipedia -

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St Cross is a charitable institution; it is non-secular, the residents are called "Brothers" because they are men. 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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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


Requiescunt a laboribus suis
Opera enim illorum sequuntur illos

A beautifully carved screen, with a Latin inscription that is a little confusing to translate, that covers the entrance to the War Memorial Chapel.

I've been reading this site where there is a discussion about the age of the decoration of the interior stonework, and how it's a little confusing even for the experts.

I assume, perhaps incorrectly, that this screen is a Victorian addition paid for in part by an anonymous donation after the charity's finances were mismanaged by Francis North. *

The events during North's time as Master of St Cross are the basis for Anthony Trollope's "The Warden", who altered them somewhat with his story telling how the beneficial and conscientious Septimus Harding is hounded by a zealous John Bold who seeks to discover the reason for the difference between Harding's personal income and the lesser amount available to the charity he maintains. In the story Harding resigns following legal advice, in truth Francis North was forced from office after a lengthy legal dispute which ultimately led to the formation of what is now the Charity Commission.

The truth is quite a fascinating story, told in detail in this research document written by James J Fishman of Pace Law School, New York, and entitled - "Charity Scandals as a Catalyst of Legal Change and Literary Imagination in Nineteenth Century England" - (opens as adobe pdf file)

…..

*edit
 I believe this screen was designed by Sir Thomas Jackson, a notable Victorian and Edwardian architect who studied under Sir George Gilbert Scott. - read more in Wikipedia -

.....

St Cross is a charitable institution; it is non-secular, the residents are called "Brothers" because they are men. 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 (16)

  • FLOOG
  • ENGLAND
  • 25 May 2008, 08:43
I love the colours of the ornate detailing, and the beauty of the architecture.

A superbly penned literary account as well.
EJWilkins: I was going to write a bit more, but it would have turned into a book, and nobody would have bothered. Fascinating tale too. Thanks smile
  • Alan
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 25 May 2008, 09:01
You keep whetting my appetite for a visit to see the inside of St Cross. I'm assuming that tripods are allowed, seeing the exposure time for this! Lovely detail as usual.
EJWilkins: It's a lovely place, I'm gradually meeting quite a few Shutterchancers there with our cameras. St Cross welcomes photographers, but it's always good to check about tripods, ask the porter when you get your entrance ticket. smile
This picture is a reall delight Ellie
EJWilkins: It sort of glows, at least I think it does. Like the rest of the place. smile
Beautiful composition Ellie. I love the details and the tones!
  • chad
  • In front of a computer
  • 25 May 2008, 10:05
This is glorious, Ellie. I really enjoyed my last visit to Winch' but that was some time ago. I must plan a revisit.
EJWilkins: Talk to Chris and email me wink
  • john
  • norwich, UK
  • 25 May 2008, 10:35
gorgeous work Ellie, beautifully detailed shot
  • Aksel
  • Holiday in France
  • 25 May 2008, 11:21
I like the symmetry and the "star shaped" ceiling smile
  • anniedog
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 25 May 2008, 11:40
Perfectly composed and with lovely rich detail.
Ingrid
  • vintage
  • Australia
  • 25 May 2008, 12:32
Great photo of a wonderful screen
  • martie
  • Japan
  • 25 May 2008, 13:24
Fantastic photo! You captured the detail so well that I'm not sure which is more intriguing - the ceiling or the screen! Beautiful.
You so often bring us examples of great craftmanship. I do appreciate it.
EJWilkins: Thank you Mary, that's kind of you to say so, but to be honest the pictures don't always do the place justice.
Looking up shots are sometimes a bit strange in composition but this is perfect Ellie with lots of interesting information. Must stop in Winchester one day on the way to my brother-in-laws at Poole.
EJWilkins: Let me know, I'd be delighted to meet you there - you'll need to give yourself at least a two or three hours. smile
  • Astrid
  • HOME......
  • 25 May 2008, 20:25
This is some great craftmenship,
love the details and the tones, great composition.
  • Aussie
  • Brisbane
  • 25 May 2008, 23:20
Gorgeous capture Ellie, beautiful place.
We'll have to visit one day! *pals*
Nice detail shot Ellie with some fine stonework in the background. My schoolbook Latin doesn't help in translating this, must be too rusty.

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