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St. Augustine, Brookland (Again) [May. 19th, 2006|12:47 pm]
Tony Grist
Brookland
Brookland
Here's a shot of the interior. The South aisle looking west. What you're seeing isn't a fish-eye distortion; the pillars really do lean like that. I assume it's because the foundations have shifted in the marshy soil.
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[User Picture]From: halfmoon_mollie
2006-05-19 04:56 am (UTC)
nice...
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2006-05-19 09:16 am (UTC)
It's one of my very favourite churches.

I love how bright it is. There's no stained glass and this picture was taken on a normal exposure using the available light.
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[User Picture]From: karenkay
2006-05-19 05:46 am (UTC)
You can see that where the wooden railing joins the pillar in the lower right.

Interesting church. I grew up in a church that was completely filled with pews and pretty much nothing else. There was a main altar and three shrines on either side. Since I started going to Quaker meeting, the room is empty till we put out chairs (we don't have our own meeting house yet, and use a room in a rec center that's frequently used as dance space).

When I went to France, I was surprised at the few churches I went in; couldn't really understand how they were organized.

Same for this one.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2006-05-19 09:15 am (UTC)
It's a rambling old place. To take this pic I was standing with my back to the side altar looking towards the (hypothetical) congregation.

The main aisle (to the right) still has its enclosed 18th century box pews; you can see one block of them projecting out between the pillars. This is rare; the Victorians thought them divisive and hierarchical and replaced them where they could with rows of benches.
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[User Picture]From: karenkay
2006-05-20 09:23 pm (UTC)
Cool, thanks for the explanation.
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From: ex_nordicat244
2006-05-20 01:44 am (UTC)
This is wonderful! I adore old churches and never pass one up when we´re out driving. It´s especially nice in the summer when the main church in each town is open to the public. I´ve seen some absolutely amazing one in my 8 years in Sweden and also on our trips to France and England. We had a short visit to London and a bit outside (Castle Coombs, Bath for instance) and hit every church we could. I love that architecture.

Interesting slant on Bookland!
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2006-05-20 02:27 am (UTC)
I'm crazy for old churches. More often than not they encapsulate the whole history of a community.
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