Excerpt from Richmondshire Churches
The varying prominence, for example, which successive ages have assigned to different phases of Christian doctrine, is re¿ected, in no uncertain manner, in the material structure of our churches. What kind of services were held here, and ho... w was the building decorated and furnished, of old Again, who have worshipped, and who have ministered within these walls What part did they take in the great religious changes of the sixteenth century; and how was the Church served during the Commonwealth? These are questions which must be answered, if we are to read aright the lesson which an ancient church conveys to us.
It must be confessed that a lamentable ignorance of the subject has prevailed in most of our country villages, where the noblest examples of church architecture are often to be found. But there are signs, as Mr. Francis Bond tells us,l that these times of indifference and neglect are passing away. We are becoming alive to the treasures of our own country. It is, indeed, a subject for thankfulness that, in spite of all her troubles and vicissitudes, the English Church has been able to preserve and hand down to us such a priceless store of mediaeval art.
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