St John the Baptist Church, Adel
Leeds West Yorkshire
Have been wanting to visit this church for some time, there is a good parking opposite the church. I found out later people park here to go York Gate Gardens another place on my to-do list.
It was a beautiful day and as I parked the car I could see the grave stones amongst the grass, this was going to be a lovely church.
Adel parish church, is described as "one of the best and most complete Norman churches in Yorkshire" there are some good guides with photos of all the things you can find as well as it's history. (links at bottom).
As you walk into the church grounds you will find these stone coffins and millstones.
Coffins made of lead and stone were reserved for the very wealthy or very important. The shape of these varied wildly from today’s coffins; they were a rectangular-shaped alcove carved into stone, with a rounded circle at the top for the head - the perfect shape for a person.
A few flowers were still growing amongst the grasses, they just cut the grass twice a year, leaving the flowers to grow. I could see plenty of Yellow Rattle seed heads. Later I was told during spring the whole place is covered in Daffodils.
This large monument looked stunning amongst the trees and bramble. I did try to find out who the person was but no joy yet. Looking at the notice board on my photos they do a walk through the grave yard, sadly it's on a Sunday and I'm at work. I also noted they do a booklet too, the church was locked and only open on certain days for visitors, I will go again when it's open.
It was so warm so I had hoped to see lizards sunning on the grave stones, sadly none. At this tree there was a seat all the way round so I took the time and sit and watch the butterflies when I could hear a woodpecker.
I had walked round the outer boundary of the church grounds and now I was making my way back to the church. It looks like there is a Jackdaw roost, either in the church trees of just on the edge of the Barley fields over the road.(A group of Jackdaws are called a train of jackdaws.) I did stand for some times hoping they would take of, managed to get a few.
The Corbel Table
These faces run round the whole of the church wall
Warming on the church wall
While I was photographing the church, this drone flew over, not sure what it was doing but it was a bit creepy been watched.
Then I reached the south door, I was not disappointed it was amazing. This is a replica of the original sanctuary knocker. A Romanesque bronze doorknocker, often referred to as a Sanctuary Ring, is a replica, as the original was stolen in 2002,the sculpture has been understood to represent the animal swallowing a person, but it has also been suggested that 'there is nothing exaggeratedly fearsome about this lion that we should assume the man is being eaten ... he could be waking up, taking a breath, coming out of the mouth rather than being chewed or swallowed'.(LINK)
The south door is one of the finest Romanesque compositions in England. Tragically, it was limewashed in a well-intentioned attempt at preservation. Apparently the advice given by the conservation experts was misunderstood. The chancel arch carvings are amongst the finest and there is a very large, well-preserved corbel table, although as with most in Yorkshire its subject matter is a little uninspired. If you are interested in Norman carving you have to make a trip to Adel. (LINK)
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I loved the place so much I walked back round, a Robin came to say hello , looks like it's had a hard summer.
Over the road from the church were fields of Barley looking towards a large farm, there was a walk through the field, it was so beautiful a proper summers day.
Adel parish church
Great churches if Britain
York Gate Gardens