1 – 7a Sansome Street, Worcester, 1874


Image: 2012

Crockets again, must be arranged further apart, and pinnacles must be more lofty when situated at the top of a building or tower, than they would be if the same pinnacle were intended to be near the eye. The same rule holds good with regard to capitals, canopies, and other features that are liable to lose their apparent height by foreshortening.

– James Kellaway Colling: ‘Gothic ornaments, being a series of examples of enriched details and accessories of the architecture of Great Britain. Drawn from existing authorities’, 1850

Things living, and creeping!


Image: Imperial Hotel (now Malvern St James Girls’ School), 2012

This was to be the sign – “But she, the goddess herself, gave to them to prevail over the dwellers upon earth, with best-laboring hands in every art. And by their paths there were the likenesses of living and of creeping things; and the glory was deep. For to the cunning workman, greater knowledge comes, undeceitful.”

An infinitely pregnant passage, this, of which to-day you are to note mainly these three things: First, that Athena is the goddess of Doing, not at all of sentimental inaction. She is begotten, as it were, of the woodman’s ax; her purpose is never in a word only, but in a word and a blow. She guides the hands that labor best, in every art.

The victory given by Wisdom, the worker, to the hands that labor best, is that the streets and ways, κελευθοι, shall be filled by likenesses of living and creeping things.

Things living, and creeping!

By this forming of Images there is to be gained a ‘deep’ – that is to say, a weighty, and prevailing, glory; not a floating nor fugitive one. For to the cunning workman, greater knowledge comes, ‘undeceitful.’

– John Ruskin: ‘Aratra Pentelici, Seven Lectures on the Elements of Sculpture – Given before the University of Oxford in Michaelmas Term’, 1870

Rev. W. Poole Hentland Nr. Ross


Image: George E. Fox painted ceiling at St. Catherine’s Church, Hoarwithy ©Caroline Foxhall 05.06.2015


To journey of Self to Hoarwithy Church by request / to take instructions for figures etc. including expenses. Value: £1/01/00


To executing two large Angels in wood as per / Contract £13/10/00 each. £27/00/00 / By your request to take them over to fix / them two mens time. £1/00/10


To two men going to Hoarwithy by your request / to fix Angels and you would not have it done. £1/00/10 / Rail expenses each time. £1/08/00 / Received 9th Jan 1884 £31/10/08.

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John Gibbs: Stone Mason, Architect & Author

WF_JohnGibbs “This Work must not be considered any part of the one bearing the same title, published by the Author in the year 1864.”


MY Rev. and dear friend: Had I not offered to dedicate this series of designs for Memorials for Churchyards and Cemeteries to you, you might have complained of my want of gratitude, since you have with your own pen so admirably assisted me to make our “churchyards become books of instruction, and every gravestone a leaf of edification.” This has been, and I feel will be, one of your highest aims.

Yours ever faithfully,

JOHN GIBBS. Oxford, 1868.

PDF: JohnGibbs_2013:2015

St Peter’s Church, Bushley


Image: Pull Court, Bushley | Tewkesbury 7pm JY 15 05 / all will write tomorrow Mother.


PULL COURT HARVEST HOME. Mr. G. Scott, of London, the eminent ecclesiastical architect, was accordingly instructed to prepare a design, and a chancel… the carving at the heads of the two capitals, from whence spring the arch, has been executed by the chisel of Forsyth, late of London, but now of St. John’s, in this city. [Worcester Journal]