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ASHBY CHURCH
THE CHURCH OF ST MARY THE VIRGIN, ASHBY ST MARY

(Part of the HISTORY page)

NEW 2017 - ASHBY ST MARY BURIAL RECORDS FROM 1778 - SEE BOTTOM OF THIS PAGE
Ashby St Mary parish council is pleased to provide details of information gleaned from parish records which have recently made available for public view. For the work involved, thanks go to Terry Kitt for his patience and fortitude.

2015 - 2016
Two momentous occurences saw the commencement of the planned refurbishment programme of Ashby church.

A generous anonymous donation by a resident of Ashby St Mary allowed the refurbishment of the 17th Century ledger slabs on the inner east wall of the church.
The ledgers were embedded in the east wall of the church in the late 17th Century. The ledgers show the Lords Prayer, The Ten Commandments and The Creed.
During the Victorian Period they were embellished with plaster surrounds.  The plaster surrounds were repaired and painted and the letters on the ledgers gilded.  As a result the ledger slabs now form a frame to the east window and altar.
When the ledgers were unveiled a member of the congregation remarked “They have brought east end of the church to life”.

In addition as the result of a further anonymous donation by an Ashby St Mary resident, it was possible to provide a new Church Notice Board. The donation paid for the materials and parishioner David Godfrey kindly offered to make the Notice Board free of charge.   
The results are shown below.
Many thanks to David Godfrey and the generous anonymous donors.
             
 


ASHBY ST MARY CHURCH
See the exterior and interior of the Church of St Mary the Virgin, Ashby St Mary as well as some of its endearing features.
          
                Church in the snow                                                 Entrance
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         Church (south west)                              Church (south east)
                           Church plaque            
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              Church over field                                                   Norman door
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            Church tower                                Organ - pre-restoration                 Organ - post restoration
     (click HERE for full size)                   (click HERE for full size)              (click HERE for full size)


                

             Church sketch                                      Church from the alter                           
      (click HERE for full size)                        (click HERE for full size)

                         

     Stained glass window
                                Church pulpit                               In east window
  "The Light Of The World"                   (click HERE for full size)               (click HERE for full size)
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      See below for details

The Light Of The World By Holman Hunt [1827—1910]
As a young man Holman Hunt shook the artistic world when he exhibited his remarkable painting 'The Light Of The World1 in 1854.
This great pre-Raphaelite painting was inspired by verse 20 of the 3rd chapter of the Book of The Revelation of St John the Divine. 'Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come to him, and will sup with him, and he with me'. It caused a sensation in both the religious and artistic establishments being both attacked and admired. Ruskin described it as 'one of the very noblest works of sacred art ever produced in this or any age.'
During the 20 years that followed photographs and engravings of 'The Light Of The World' achieved vast circulation, while the original was housed in the collection of a Mr Combe of Oxford. On the death of Mr Combe the painting was presented to Keble college, Oxford. However Holman Hunt was not happy with the way that Keble College kept the picture, and decided to paint the subject over again so that it might be made available for the world to see.
The new version was twice as large as the 1854 version and was first displayed in 1904. It was sent on exhibition around the world, and finally was hung in St. Paul's Cathedral, London, where it can now be seen to this day hanging on the south side of the nave. The 1854 version today can still be seen at Keble College, Oxford. There is a further version to be seen in Manchester City Art Gallery.


Ashby Burial Records from 1778 to 1902
 
  Due to their size these records have been split into three documents.  The quality of the documents is as good as copying allowed - and the legibility of the entries by the writer at the time.

Burials 1778 - 1812       Burials 1813-1851  (awaited)     Burials 1851-1902 (awaited)


To submit a picture for inclusion in this Gallery, please contact the Parish Clerk or Webmaster.  Anyone offering a picture for the Gallery does so on the condition the Parish Council may determine whether it is included.

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