DAYS OUT: St Leonard’s, Apethorpe; Ashton; Unfeasibly Knackered!

St. Leonard’s.

I’ve had another episode of extreme fatigue. Had one yesterday evening. Really, really horrible. I just pushed on through that one. This time it was so appalling I had to stop. I called both 111, and my local Doctors’ Surgery. Got an appointment at the latter, for later today.

Do I look tired?

So, I’m taking a brief breather. I don’t think I can safely drive until I feel a bit better! Maybe 20 minutes rest? A bite to eat, and a drink of water, etc. Hopefully I’ll feel better, and be able to finish my current delivery shift?

View from the parked car.

I pulled over in Apethorpe, by St. Leonards. It was raining when I parked. It’s stopped now. It’s very peaceful here. There are several incredibly beautiful villages in this area. I passed through the very picturesque King’s Cliffe on my way here.

Now, to St. Leonard’s…

Tower, window view.

The local vicar unlocked the church for me, and chatted to me about it a bit. A lovely lady! Under the tower, I took the snaps, above and below. Different focal points/exposures, for different aspects of the same view.

Tower, woodwork view.

The corbels are great. But so high up my iPhone struggles to capture them. I simply must get a better camera for this sort of malarkey!

Nice amusing little corbel grotesques!
Hard to shoot on my iPhone.
A nicer than average old chest.

It’s odd, but I’ve noticed that most – or at least a lot of – old churches have one or two large ancient chests. The carving on this particular example puts it a cut (boom-boom) above the average.

An old ecclesiastical chair or cushion cover.
One of two textiles on display.
The other is what looks like a tabard, or some such.
Covered with heraldic devices.
A large oil of Jesu walkething on the waters-eth.
Dinky almost cute lil’ organ.

There’s a rather odd selection, window wise.

Very fragmentary, this ‘un.
Knackered heraldry.
The altar and ‘main’ window.
Oddly austere.

The main window is totally blown out of the water by this:

Boom! Wowzers!!

This is the window in the chapel dedicated to the FitzHerberts, of nearby Apethorpe Palace. And just as their home is far more splendorous than God’s house – and St. Leonards is still pretty splendid – so too is their part of the church.

The FitzHerbert Monument seen through an arch, looking South.
Viewed looking Westwards.
Whoa, Nelly!
One of four pillar damsels.
There’s a jugs theme of sort here…
… if you see what I mean?
A right pair o’ FitzHerberts.
Their view.
Intriguing foot end details.
A heavenly shoe-in?

As amazing as this enormous edifice is, let’s turn back now to the window behind it. That’s really something special, in my opinion.

The upper area.
Adam & Eve.
The Crucifixion.
Wow! I love this detail, below the cross.
The dead arise; last judgement!?
The fourth and final ‘frame’. Psychedelic, man!
Once again, amazing detail in the design.

Along the bottom of the window are a series of texts. Which make pretty strange reading. Or at least they do to me. Here they all are:

‘Love not your own pleasures…’
‘For Christ loved not…’
‘He is the death…’
‘Happiest is he who…’

Bonkers, eh!?

Wall and roof details.
What a view!
Note the medieval helm!

On, to Cotterstock:

Cotterstock bridge and weir, by the old mill.
Another more modern bridge, at Cotterstock.

After the restorative sojourn at St. Leonards, I finished my shift. And after that I wandered around Ashton, where my shift had ended, taking the following snaps:

The green out front of the local pub.
Lovely! If you look really carefully…
… you’ll see this feathered beauty.
More loveliness.

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