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Chedzoy - Cross above the Rood Screen - Agnus Dei | by David Cronin
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Chedzoy - Cross above the Rood Screen - Agnus Dei

The village of Chedzoy is a small village which can be found about two miles east of Bridgwater in Somerset. The parish church of Saint Mary the Virgin was founded in the twelfth century.


In the seventeenth century the church and village were at the centre of major events. In 1645 the Parliamentary general Lord Fairfax made his headquarters in the village during the siege of Bridgwater. In 1685 the Battle of Sedgemoor was fought in the fields between the village and Westonzoyland about one and a half miles to the south east. It is said that the rebel forces of the Duke of Monmouth heard the clock of Chedzoy church striking as they advanced toward the Royal army under cover of darkness.


The church has a wealth of features in addition to a good collection of late nineteenth century and early twentieth century stained glass.


This photograph shows central Agnus Dei from the fine cross suspended above the rood screen in the church. There is no information regarding this cross in the church guide. In style it reminds me of the work of Ninian Comper.


Unfortunately the photographs I took of the symbols of the evangelists from the cross all suffered with problems of flare caused by light coming through the East window behind the cross.

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Taken on May 17, 2012