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Posted by
grouser (Ludlow, United Kingdom) on 17 August 2008 in Architecture and Portfolio.

The Church at Holt by the River Severn. The door and window are by the Herefordshire School of Romanesque Sculpture as mentioned in yesterday's post. The school's masterpiece was the church at Shobdon. The carvings there were so fantastic that casts were taken so that replicas could feature in the Great exhibition at Crystal Palace. Sadly the then Lord of the Manor in Shobdon decided to build a new church. He re-erected the Romanesque Arches on top of a hill as a folly. Wind and weather completed this piece of cultural vandalism and the fine sculptures are now just lumps and bumps. The casts were destroyed when the Crystal Palace caught fire.