Our Dartmoor Society Members were given a treat on the afternoon of Tuesday 29th March 2017 when Dr Sue Andrew presented a talk at St Peter’s Church Ugborough entitled “Facing Sin, Roof Bosses in Ugborough Church”.
The carved oak roof bosses in the North Aisle are among some of the finest in Devon and although the bosses are not structural they do offer a sense of completion to the ceiling.
Sue had taken numerous photographs of these bosses and even had the advantage of getting right up close to them during a period when scaffolding had been erected whilst the North Aisle was being repaired.
Sue had also taken photographs of stained glass windows and bosses in numerous other Churches.
Her talk gave us a significant insight into the Medieval period and it clearly demonstrated how the Parishioners of that time were left in no doubt as to what would happen to them if they died unrepentant.
After Sue’s talk we walked slowly down the North Aisle with the use of a beautifully hand- made mirror-on-a-trolley and we also used our own torches and binoculars which assisted us whilst we studied the bosses in situ.
Everyone agreed it had been a thoroughly fascinating and absorbing afternoon.