E.J.Wilkins

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The Hospital of St Cross, Winchester


Maze

This little maze carving is to the left of the north door of the church at St Cross. I like to think of people tracing the paths with their fingers, stopping for a moment to think, and maybe become calm, before entering the church.

Mazes have a mixed and ancient history, being linked with both Christianity and Pagan worship. The earliest were in Egypt, and I think most people will have heard of the fearsome Cretan maze at Knossos.

 In some churches and cathedrals there are mazes marked out on the floor - offering a solitary, contemplative path, leading to enlightenment. Others are/ were marked out in gardens either in turf or as a complicated hedge structure. Some people think the basis of the knot garden may be based on maze designs.

It's an interesting subject, far too detailed to go into here, but I can offer a couple of links if you'd like to read more. I have nothing to do with any of these sites.
http://www.unmuseum.org/maze.htm
http://www.amazeingart.com/maze-faqs.html
http://mazes.co.uk/history.htm
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Those of you who are regular visitors to my site will know of my enchantment with The Hospital of St Cross in Winchester.

Founded between 1132 and 1136 by Henry of Blois, St Cross is England's oldest charitable institution. It is non-secular, the residents are elderly lay-people from the local community.
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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.
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If you like my pictures, perhaps you might like to donate to the charity. Every penny helps - St Cross receives no support from central government, and depends entirely on donations.
Please look here  http://www.stcross.f2s.com/howhelp.htm for more information.
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The Hospital of St Cross, Winchester


Maze

This little maze carving is to the left of the north door of the church at St Cross. I like to think of people tracing the paths with their fingers, stopping for a moment to think, and maybe become calm, before entering the church.

Mazes have a mixed and ancient history, being linked with both Christianity and Pagan worship. The earliest were in Egypt, and I think most people will have heard of the fearsome Cretan maze at Knossos.

 In some churches and cathedrals there are mazes marked out on the floor - offering a solitary, contemplative path, leading to enlightenment. Others are/ were marked out in gardens either in turf or as a complicated hedge structure. Some people think the basis of the knot garden may be based on maze designs.

It's an interesting subject, far too detailed to go into here, but I can offer a couple of links if you'd like to read more. I have nothing to do with any of these sites.
http://www.unmuseum.org/maze.htm
http://www.amazeingart.com/maze-faqs.html
http://mazes.co.uk/history.htm
.....

Those of you who are regular visitors to my site will know of my enchantment with The Hospital of St Cross in Winchester.

Founded between 1132 and 1136 by Henry of Blois, St Cross is England's oldest charitable institution. It is non-secular, the residents are elderly lay-people from the local community.
.....

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.
.....

If you like my pictures, perhaps you might like to donate to the charity. Every penny helps - St Cross receives no support from central government, and depends entirely on donations.
Please look here  http://www.stcross.f2s.com/howhelp.htm for more information.
.

comments (10)

  • Larry Bliss
  • Raleigh, North Carolina, USA
  • 26 Oct 2008, 01:18
My kind of image, Ellie. Close up, with a large helping of texture and a little dab of color. smile
EJWilkins: That little speck of lichen helps a lot doesn't it?
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 26 Oct 2008, 01:41
Interesting information, Ellie.
I really like your image, which is full of detail that invites closer attention.
EJWilkins: Hope you enjoyed what you read smile
  • FLOOG
  • The valleys of a contented soul
  • 26 Oct 2008, 03:50
I can visualise the caressing of fingertips to stone exactly as you suggest smile
EJWilkins: It seemed the right thing to happen, somehow
Very interesting, Ellie, and a lovely detailed photo.


This could be my last comment for a few days - we fly out today for a week or two, reasons on my last Wednesday blog.
EJWilkins: Good luck Sheila, will be thinking of you and yours
I always enjoy your pictures of St Cross. It is a gem.
EJWilkins: It is a gem, I'm so pleased you like my pictures of the place. One day perhaps I'll be able to show you around?
Thanks for the interesting information Ellie. I like your detailed image.
EJWilkins: Thanks Richard
This is delightful Ellie: people usually have no idea of how many ancient pagan symbols are out there
EJWilkins: Many, many more than they could imagine.
I've been told there is a Green Man at St Cross, I will search diligently next time I'm there and report back to you wink
  • Martie
  • United States
  • 26 Oct 2008, 22:20
Beautifully captured. I love mazes and labyrinths. I certainly hope that whoever stopped to contemplate this one left with a calm mind.
EJWilkins: If you look carefully you'll see them in places you'd never imagine them to be.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 26 Oct 2008, 22:32
I suppose that it is a snake- an old symbol (since Greek-Roamn times) of fertility and annual revival, a snake which is biting into the own tail is a symobol of infinity.
EJWilkins: Oooh, that's another idea. The infinity symbol, the horizontal 8, is something that comes into religious symbolism too.
Another good photography to undergo with PS the curves and levels. I like these stones! smile

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