Kneeling Pillows in the Churches of the Cotswolds

by Debby Jagerman-Dungan
( March 3rd, 2015 )

“Each embroiderer chose his or her design… [from] flowers and wildlife… [to] church festivals and Christian symbols. Our aim was to create something of lasting worth for our church. We hope that those who come to worship here, or just to visit, feel that we have achieved this.” – Cranham Church Kneelers

Cotswolds Kneeling Pillows Sheep

I adored the creative embroidery and needlework of the kneeling pillows in the churches of the Cotswolds. The pillows included not only religious symbols, events, and holidays, but also a variety of other subjects.

Cotswolds Kneeling Pillows The Last Supper

Cotswolds Kneeling Pillows Angels

Kneeling pillows are used for prayer, weddings, and remembrances. The back the kneeling pillows usually listed the person who created the handmade piece, when it was created, and who the pillow is dedicated to.

Other subjects included flowers and nature:

Cotswolds Kneeling Pillows Flowers

Cotswolds Kneeling Pillows Flowers

Cotswolds Kneeling Pillows Flowers

Cotswolds Kneeling Pillows Flowers

Cotswolds Kneeling Pillows Wheat

Designs and patterns:

Cotswolds Kneeling Pillows Designs

Birds:

Cotswolds Kneeling Pillows Heron

Cotswolds Kneeling Pillows Quail

Wildlife:

Cotswolds Kneeling Pillows Fox

Cotswolds Kneeling Pillows Squirrel

The churches themselves:

Cotswolds Kneeling Pillows Church Coln St Dennis

Scenes of ships and snow and sailboats:

Cotswolds Kneeling Pillows Sailboat

Cotswolds Kneeling Pillows Ships and Snow

And of course, the sheep that the Cotswolds are famous for:

Cotswolds Kneeling Pillows Sheep

Sweet Travels!

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Windows and Doors of the Cotswolds – The Churches

by Debby Jagerman-Dungan
( February 24th, 2015 )

A Collection of Photographs of the Quintessential Colorful Flowers and Honey-Colored Cotswold Stone in the Land of Market Towns, Wool Churches, and Sheep Hills in England’s Countryside

Windows and Doors of the Cotswolds

My husband and I loved the churches the most. We would spend no less than an hour at each one, and we saw no less than 39 of them in our 12 days of walking in the Cotswolds. We usually stayed long enough to hear the church bells ring several times, including at the top of the hour.

Windows and Doors of the Cotswolds

I was fascinated with the architecture, art, stained glass, religious relics, and the interior feel of each historic church. My husband was interested in reading practically each and every old legible tombstone. Together, we appreciated the religion, spirituality, and grand thousand-year-old history.

Windows and Doors of the Cotswolds

Thus the second and third sections in my latest travel photography book, “Windows and Doors of the Cotswolds,” contain pictures of interior windows, and exterior windows and doors, of the churches we visited in the Cotswolds.

Windows and Doors of the Cotswolds

The Cotswolds is a region in England that is designated as an “Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.” The Cotswolds contain 3,000 miles of public footpaths and roads, trails and tracks, that take you through farmland and pastures, fields and crops, rolling hills and valleys, open grasslands and gardens, forests and huge flowering trees, parks, nature reserves, wildflowers, and rivers and streams. Passing through gates, kissing gates, and stiles, you wander through timeless villages, small hamlets, and medieval market towns, sprinkled with these historical churches.

Windows and Doors of the Cotswolds

Pictures in the first section of my book are from homes and buildings, as featured in my previous blog. Most pictures in this section reflect the quintessential contrasting and complementary colors of the flowers and plants that literally grow on and climb the walls of the honey- and golden-colored “Cotswold Stone” of the homes and buildings.

Windows and Doors of the Cotswolds

With over 375 photographs in 192 unnumbered pages, my third travel photography book is my representation of the Cotswolds as seen through its windows and doors, my favorite subject to photograph when I travel.

Windows and Doors of the Cotswolds

My book will take you on a journey through the beautiful and timeless Cotswolds through its windows and doors. My book is available on Amazon.

Windows and Doors of the Cotswolds

Windows and Doors of the Cotswolds

Sweet Travels!

For other blogs from our Cotswolds travels, please visit my Cotswolds category.

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Windows and Doors of the Cotswolds

by Debby Jagerman-Dungan
( February 16th, 2015 )

A Collection of Photographs of the Quintessential Colorful Flowers and Honey-Colored Cotswold Stone in the Land of Market Towns, Wool Churches, and Sheep Hills in England’s Countryside

Cotswolds Windows and Doors

What my husband and I loved during our 12 days of walking in the Cotswolds was the quintessential contrasting and complementary colors of the flowers and plants that literally grow on and climb the walls of the honey- and golden-colored “Cotswold Stone” of the buildings. This stone, a Jurassic limestone rich in fossils, is used for houses, barns, stone walls, and churches. The flowers and plants that decorate the walls include purple wisteria, red and yellow roses, pink tulips, peach and white colored flowers, green foliage, and more, or any combination thereof.

Cotswolds Windows and Doors

The Cotswolds is a region in England that is designated as an “Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.” The Cotswolds contain 3,000 miles of public footpaths and roads, trails and tracks, that take you through farmland and pastures, fields and crops, rolling hills and valleys, open grasslands and gardens, forests and huge flowering trees, parks, nature reserves, wildflowers, and rivers and streams. Passing through gates, kissing gates, and stiles, you wander through timeless villages, small hamlets, and medieval market towns, sprinkled with historical churches.

Cotswolds Windows and Doors

During our walks, I took pictures of windows and doors, my favorite subject to photograph when I travel. These pictures have turned into my latest travel photography book, “Windows and Doors of the Cotswolds.”

Cotswolds Windows and Doors

The pictures in my book are divided into three sections. The first section contains photos of windows and doors, along with the harmonizing flowers and stone, of homes and buildings in the Cotswolds. Samples from this first section are shown in this blog. My next blog contains samples from the other two sections of my book, interior and exterior windows and doors of churches.

Cotswolds Windows and Doors

Throughout the book, pictures may also contain no flowers at all, just showing the “Cotswold Stone.” Pictures are also of other themes, such as objects displayed in windows, benches or chairs, red telephone or mail boxes, watering cans or milk jugs, horseshoes, candles, or white picket fences. And more.

Cotswolds Windows and Doors

With over 375 photographs in 192 unnumbered pages, my third travel photography book is my representation of the Cotswolds as seen through its windows and doors, and will take you on a journey through the beautiful and timeless Cotswolds through its windows and doors.

Cotswolds Windows and Doors

My book is available on Amazon.

Cotswolds Windows and Doors

Cotswolds Windows and Doors

Sweet Travels!

For other blogs from our Cotswolds travels, please visit my Cotswolds category.

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