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Southam de la Bere

The misericords and history of Southam de la Bere,

Church of the Ascension.

St Michael’s has three, 16th century misericords.

Corpus of misericords

N01

Figure of Neptune seated astride a small vessel. In his right hand a trident, in the left a spherical object. Complex geometrical background.

S01

A winged lion’s head. Possibly the symbol of St. Mark, but unlikely in the context of the adjacent subjects. Complex geometrical background.

S02

A Satanic figure in a seated position, with arms extended. The hands appear to be holding coiffed heads. Complex geometrical background.

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History of the Church of the Ascension, Southam de la Bere, Gloucestershire.

The church of the Ascension was built sometime in the 12th century, and in the Norman style, as the land belonged to the Earl of Hereford, who was a well educated, and well travelled man, this probably indicates that the church was built sometime in the first 75 years of the century.

The church seems to have had a quiet life, until about 1539 when the monasteries were dissolved - the nearby Hailes abbey was closed down, and the locals neither took over the church at Hailes nor the Church of the Ascension, it was instead converted to a barn, and largely left to rot.

In the late 1860’s, Lord Ellensborough decided to bring the barn back to it’s former user, but now as a memorial chapel for his own family, he did allow the locals to use the chapel.

In 1946, the Diocese of Gloucester formally took over the chapel as a chapel of ease, and in 1957 up rated the Church of the Ascension to a public place of worship.

As is mentioned in the Benefice website, the dedication is unusual, but gives a great excuse for a garden party after Ascension Day communion!

It is surprising that the Church of the Ascension has misericords, especially as these are not locally produced, but instead are of European origin, also the misericords were carved after the chapel became a barn.  One can only assume that either Lord Ellensborough, or one of his forebears was a Grand Tourist, and acquired the misericords whilst on the continent and then caused them to be installed when the barn was re-converted to a church.

 

The official Church of the Ascension website.

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