St Bridget's Church, Skenfrith / Ynysgynwraidd (The Chancel)

Recent Photograph of St Bridget's Church (The Chancel) (Skenfrith / Ynysgynwraidd)

The band of carved oak just below the East Window is modern, but is a copy of a fifteenth century French design. It has a repeated pattern of five “Bosses”, which - the guide book explains - represent the history of the church, with the following meanings:

  1. The acorns and oakleaves which form part of the badge of St Bridget.
  2. The fleur-de-lis, a design borne by the Princes of Gwent, which later gave way to the Three Feathers, now used by the Prince of Wales.
  3. The Rose of Lancaster - the Lords of Skenfrith were Dukes of Lancaster. Henry de Grosmont, the first Duke, was born in Grosmont Castle.
  4. The Tudor Rose, symbolising the joining of the Houses of York and Lancaster, when Henry VII married Elizabeth of York.
  5. The Pomegranate - this emblem is taken from the Royal Arms of Spain, and was possibly introduced by Constantia, Princess of Spain, the second wife of John of Gaunt, Duke of Lancaster.

(Information provided by Rosemary Lockie)

Image contributed by Rosemary Lockie on 25th June 2009.
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