St Mary's Church, Fownhope (Tympanum)

Recent Photograph of St Mary's Church (Tympanum) (Fownhope)

Said to be one of the finest examples of a 12th Century Norman Tympanum in the country, this stone was formerly a decorative lintel over the main door into the church. Carvings represent (in the centre) the Virgin and Child, on the left side of which is an Eagle, and on the other a Winged Lion, symbols for St John and St Luke's Gospels. A Vine wraps itself around both Gospel symbols, and some grapes are visible on the left corner.

(Information provided by Rosemary Lockie)

Image contributed by Rosemary Lockie on 23rd April 2009.
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