St Mary's Church - Studley Royal by Trevor Kersley

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St Mary’s Church is owned by English Heritage and managed by The National Trust.

The Anglican church of St Mary’s was the religious masterpiece of architect William Burges whose Gothic designs clearly verged on the late 19th-century Arts and Crafts Movement.

The church of St. Mary’s was commissioned in 1870 by the first Marquess and Marchioness of Ripon to commemorate the Marchioness’ brother who had been murdered in Greece.

The Marquess, who had succeeded to the estate in 1859, was a successful politician and Viceroy of India in 1880-1884. A deeply religious man, he disliked Renaissance architecture and looked back with nostalgia to what he saw as the more humanitarian caring Middle Ages.

Designed by William Burges in the Victorian Gothic style, St Mary’s has a highly decorated interior characteristic of the Anglo-Catholic religious sentiments of the Victorian period.

Burges was an expert of medieval art and Christian iconography and symbolism. Using this knowledge he created a striking interior: The chancel and sanctuary are richly decorated with carved angels and lions set against a painted multitude of angelic musicians, mostly in red and gold.

The organ case is designed to resemble a medieval house, with projecting upper storeys and a spiral staircase. Multicoloured carved parrots, a favourite of Burges, perch above the choir stalls. The church was consecrated in 1878.

The church is open to visitors from 12pm to 4pm from Easter to the end of September. One evensong is held at St Mary’s each year in early September and a limited number of weddings are permitted to take place with special permission.

St Mary’s Church is owned by English Heritage and managed by The National Trust.

3 images +2,0,-2, processed in Photomatix Pro3,adjusted in CS3

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Featured in the group “HDRI” 6 Apr 2011

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  • simba
    simbaover 5 years ago

    Beautiful scene

  • Thank you

    – Trevor Kersley

  • Jadon
    Jadonover 5 years ago

    Nice first try Trev, how many exposures did you use??

  • Jason…used 3 …-2 0 +2

    – Trevor Kersley

  • Jadon
    Jadonover 5 years ago

    That’s the same as me mate..Nice one.

  • thanks Jason…will have to try some more shots

    – Trevor Kersley

    AARDVARKover 5 years ago

    Looks just about perfect D.

  • Thanks very much Aard

    – Trevor Kersley

  • Mike Oxley
    Mike Oxleyover 5 years ago

    Very nicely done. Very good “first try”!

  • Thanks Mike for your comments

    – Trevor Kersley

  • Marie Sharp
    Marie Sharpover 5 years ago

  • Thank you Marie.

    – Trevor Kersley

  • Marie Sharp
    Marie Sharpabout 5 years ago

  • Thank you Marie for the feature.

    – Trevor Kersley

  • Emma Wright
    Emma Wrightabout 5 years ago

    Beautiful indeed Trevor. Forgive my ignorance.. but is that the St Mary’s church that’s on the same grounds as Fountains Abbey?

  • Thank you Emma for your kind comments..yes it is St Mary’s church is right at the top of the Deer Park there.

    – Trevor Kersley

  • Stephen Knowles
    Stephen Knowlesabout 5 years ago

    A lovely shot, great colours. You should be proud of the HDR.

  • Thanks Stephen for your comments

    – Trevor Kersley

  • CeePhotoArt
    CeePhotoArtover 4 years ago

    Your cohosts,
    Cee and Chris

  • thank you

    – Trevor Kersley

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