Christmas project 2013, the Viking


the guidebook for ADel church, describes this little chap, the final figure on the right of the chancel arch, as “37 bearded face with tongue & necktie”

however, as I’ve been stitching away today, I’ve begun to think of him as Svien Forkbeard. It amuses me to think that two hundred years later, the local stonemasons working on the church carvings for their Norman overlords retained a folk memory of the scary Viking of two hundred years previously, and included him amongst the demons and cannibals on the chancel arch because their own mothers had used him to scare the young masons into good behaviour.


~ by opusanglicanum on January 6, 2014.

4 Responses to “Christmas project 2013, the Viking”

  1. I suspect he’s rather a sweetie when you get to know him. He looks very happy.

  2. That all sounds very plausible indeed – and a nice in-joke for the masons to share!

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