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Imagine, then, if you will, my astonishment at the site of a sumptuous late Norman chancel arch, adorned with a plethora of period carvings - the like of which I have never seen before.
I mean, all the works on British churches focus on the likes of Kilpeck - and with justification. However, surely St Chad's is a 'type site' church for late Norman ecclesiastical carving. Surely it deserves to be put on the map of anyone with an interest in medieval churches.
I have done my best to convey a little of the splendour therein, but photographs will only offer so much. There is no substitute for visiting and seeing it for yourself. If you do want to make such an excursion, make sure you contact the church in advance to check when it is open. It just so happened that, on the day I visited, the church was open, due to the generosity of a delightful man - a retired librarian who gives his time to enable the public to enjoy access to the building. I wish I knew his name, because he deserves the respect and recognition this would imply.
Anyway, here is the link to the church's website:
St Chad's, Stafford