from the Inside
is the inside of the Saxon church of St. Laurence's Church at
Bradford-on-Avon in Wiltshire. It was either built in the 7th or
the 10th century.
Sculptures. Roof Beams very high up.
Small Window. Doorway to
Southern Porticus next to it, just out of the picture.
- This is the nave (main
room) of the church. It is very high, but also very narrow and
small. The photographer is standing as far back as he can.
Only a few rows of about eight people can fit inside. Luckily,
Saxons always stood up in church.
- It would also have been
very dark because there are few windows. Lighting would have
come mostly from candles.
- The walls are decorated
with carved stone angels. They were probably part of a bigger
picture. This may have shown Jesus sitting on a rainbow.
- The angels would have
been painted in bright colours. There may have been other
colourful paintings around the walls too, showing saints or
Bible stories. These could be used to help teach people about
- The three narrow
doorways are built in the usual Saxon style. The two opposite
one another lead into the portici (side chapels). The one in
the middle goes through to the chancel (sanctuary).
Why not Take
a look outside the Saxon Church.