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Drawings Church at Hadstock, Essex

Object number



Clarke, Joseph - Artist

Production date

Circa 1850




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Height: 255mm
Width: 192mm


Inscription content

Door leading from the Porch to the interior of the Church at Hadstock, Essex. A human skin was formerly attached to it by ornamental iron-work, but the door having been recently vandalized, no traces of it is left. The dots on the door are intended to represent perforations from nails by which in some instances the shape of the iron they held may be traced - but not generally.

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Small portion of the ornamental Iron-work which attached a human skin (of a Dane) to the door of Hadstock Church.
Full size.

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Square headed nail used in nailing on the above iron work.
about ½ size

Letters on a panel of a small but good florid gothic window in the southern end of the transcept, interspersed with IHC, another in the opposite compartment exactly corresponding.

Inscription content

Presented by Mr. Joseph Clarke.


Reference (free text)

Nikolaus Pevsner, Essex 2nd ed., revised by Enid Radcliffe (Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1965), pp. 216-17.Mentions 'that unique thing, an Anglo-Saxon oak door...it has plain oak boards and three long undecorated iron straps riveted through to circular wooden bars at the back.'

Reference (free text)

Cecil A Hewett, English Historic Carpentry (London: Phillimore, 1980), pp. 21-3.

Reference (free text)

Royal Commission on Historical Monuments, An Inventory of the Historical Monuments in Essex 4 vols. (London: HMSO, 1916-1923), 1: 143-5.

Reference (free text)

Warwick Rodwell, 'The Archaeological Investigation of Hadstock Church, Essex: An Interim Report', Antiquaries Journal 56 (1976): 55-71. The north doorway and door are dated here to the early eleventh century.
    The item consists of two sheets of paper glued together. The first sheet contains sketches of details from the church, the second contains notes about it.