rood screen dado (north)
St Giles, Houghton St Giles, Norfolk
Houghton St Giles is a beautiful village on the outskirts of Walsingham. It is home to the Catholic National Shrine of Our Lady, the complex of which is on the other side of the River Stiffkey to St Giles, the Anglican Parish church.
HOUGHTON ST GILES painted wood, screen.
Six mothers standing with children at sides, names inscr on sill above: at N1,5 and 6 wearing identical Jewish hats with hooked peak over white veil, wimples, belted gowns and white-lined mantles. N2 and 4 are similarly dressed but without hats.
N1 nimbed child in mantle over gown standing before woman, inscr above 'Sancta Anna', lower section damaged.
N2 Mary Salome, holding cloak with LH, RH raised palm out; at her feet, John with palm and chalice with serpent, James with palmer's staff/?toy sword.
N3 Virgin in crown fleury, blue ermine-lined mantle over red gown with gold belt; with naked child on L forearm.
N4 Mary Cleophas, holding mantle with RH, LH raised; (below, damaged) 4 children golding respectively palm, loaves of bread, ?boat, ?fish.
N5 Elizabeth in ermine-lined red mantle, RH on breast, John holding her LH, tiny lamb on the palm of his RH.
N6 Anne teaching the Virgin to read.
The apparent duplication of scenes at N1 and N6 has provoked a variety of interpretations of N1. The most ingenious being SS Monica and Augustine (Cox). Camm suggested that N6 originally stood at N1, later being moved to N6, without a corresponding correction of inscr above. James found the name at N1 "hardly legible", yet he identified Emeria, the sister of Anne, mother of Elizabeth, and ancestor of St Servatius "probably the boy here" (S&N 177). The sibling relationships are cited by Robert Reynes (Louis 191, 195, 200).
- AEN p51