DATA BASE REF: C/C 1003

 

THE CHURCH OF ST KYNEBURGHA OF CASTOR – THE ANGEL ROOF

 

The roof of the Nave, Side Aisles, South Porch and Priest’s Room at the Church of St Kyneburgha of Castor all have carved figures, carved into the roof beams, and into the wooden upright posts supporting the beams. The current almost flat leaded roof replaced an earlier pitched roof in the 15th century.

 

The total number of Carved Figures is at follows:

 

Central Nave Roof:

 

12 Winged Angels carved into the horizontal roof beams.

 8 Upright Figures carved in the vertical upright support posts

 

South Aisle Roof:

 

12 Carved Figures carved into the horizontal roof beams.

8 Upright Figures carved in the vertical upright support posts

 

North Aisle Roof:

 

12 Carved Figures carved into the horizontal roof beams.

8 Upright Figures carved in the vertical upright support posts

 

Porch

 

2 Carved Figures carved into the horizontal roof beams. East side figure feathered with mandolin. West side figure feathered with flute.

2 Upright Figures (which may be Bishops) carved in the vertical upright support posts closest to the inner porch door.

All unpainted.

 

Priest’s Room

 

2 Carved Figures carved into the horizontal roof beams, which are clearly Angels. Although their wings are missing, the slots in their sides where their wings were inserted are visible. East side figure robed with pan-pipes. West side figure feathered with tambourine. Both unpainted and about 40 inches long.

 

General Comment

 

I am not sure whether the horizontal figures in the North or South Aisle Roofs are all angels. Some clearly are as they have feathered bodies, even though they have no wings. The figures in the Aisles are smaller than the figures in the Central Nave Roof. All the figures are full-body length. The figures were all repainted in the 1960s. The robes of the angels resemble traditional albs where their bodies are robed rather than feathered.

 

Central Nave Roof – Details as follows:

 

Description of the 12 winged Angels from East to West.

 

North Side Central Nave Roof:

 

1                    Red Robed winged full length Angel, carrying cross keys on a shield

2                    Green Robed winged full length Angel, carrying pan - pipes.

3                    Gold feathered body winged full length Angel, carrying a mandolin.

4                    Gold feathered body winged full length Angel, carrying a flute.

5                    Green Robed winged full length Angel, carrying a scroll.

6                    Gold feathered body winged full length Angel, carrying a flute.

 

South Side Central Nave Roof:

 

7          Green   Robed winged full length Angel carrying a ? flute

8          Gold Feathered body winged full length Angel carrying a Tambourine

9          Gold Feathered body winged full length Angel carrying a Mandolin

10        Red Robed winged full length Angel      carrying a Shield

11        Gold Feathered body winged full length Angel with        “Hands down”

12        Gold Feathered body winged full length Angel with        “Hands up”

 

I would estimate these winged angels to be about 5 feet long, with a wing span of about 5 feet. Each angel has one pair of wings.

 

North and South Aisles

 

The horizontal figures in the North or South Aisle may well all be angels, carrying a variety of instruments, shields etc. In the North Aisle 3 are feathered, painted gold. In the South Aisle 4 are feathered, painted gold. They are about one third to one half the size of the Winged Angels in the Central Nave.

 

Upright Figures

 

The upright figures may well be Saints (in some cases they are carrying churches etc) They are cloaked, as well as robed in most cases.