The treasures that you can find if you keep your eyes open!
It was S. Mary Brookfield's summer fete in Dartmouth Park this weekend - a church about as 'high' as you can get within the C. of E. With, as its parish priest, Father Guy Pope. No kidding!
The rain forced the stalls out of the vicarage garden and into the interior of this beautiful 1875 Butterfield church. And inside I spotted something I'd overlooked before - this beautiful fifteenth century alabaster representation of one of the more obscure Celtic saints.
A plaque underneath reads: 'The Legend of Saint Arthmael. Nottingham Alabaster XVth Century, found at Plas y n Pentre, a Grange of Valle Crucis Abbey, Llangollen. Placed here by Philip Harold Reeves Vicar of this Church 1907-1928.'
St Arthmael or Armel was born in south Wales in the sixth century, during the reign of King Arthur. There are indeed suggestions that he was King Arthur. The alabaster, though damaged, strikes me as a real treasure. And however it made its way to NW5, I'm very happy to have stumbled across it.
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