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The Hammerbeam Roof – St Mary’s Whaplode

The original 15th century hammerbeam oak roof was once a magnificent architectural feature of the church, with splendid intricate carvings, and possibly some applications of gold leaf or similar decoration, to be found within the brace supports, and on the terminals of the hammerbeams. Sady, few of these carvings and decorations have survived the alterations that the roof has undergone in the intervening 500 years.
Traditionally, the roof terminals would normally have displayed carved ‘flying angels’, unfortunately, there now only remains three religious ‘artisans’ or ‘Knights’ within the roof frame-work.

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