Watching nature take its course, from the top of a hill in northern England

Reading Light



The light from the stained glass window of St Marys Church Wirksworth, falls on to the brass lectern below

Reading light

And the the  beautiful tiled floor


St Mary’s Church was restored by George Gilbert Scott in 1870-6. He added a Campbell Brick & Tile Co encaustic tile pavement in the choir with designs, derived from local medieval examples…

There has been a church on this site since Saxon times, more about the church tomorrow.


Part of a series of post from the town of Wirksworth in Derbyshire,

they start here


Author: uphilldowndale

Watching the rhythm of rural life, from the top of a hill in northern England. Having spent most of my life avoiding writing, I now need to do it! I am no domestic goddess, but if I were expecting visitors to my home, I would whisk round with the duster and plump up the cushions and generally make the place look presentable. I hope that by putting my words where others may see them it will encourage me to ‘tidy up and push the Hoover around’ my writing. On the other hand I may just be adding to the compost heap. Only time will tell! Pull up a chair, sit yourself down, I’ll put the kettle on.

7 thoughts on “Reading Light

  1. Wonderful pictures.

  2. The church spire looks a bit odd Uphill, like its stuck on.

  3. It’s lovely learning about the area and specific information about the church. Superb photos of the stained glass window and tiling.

  4. I’m really enjoying your series, Uhdd. The second image here is wonderful – the lighting is perfect on the tiles as it streams through the stained glass windows. Well done!

  5. Wonderful images, especially the first two. xx

  6. The tile with the light on it looks like a rich hand-knotted carpet. Usually I’m attracted to landscapes, but my eye keeps returning to that tile . . .

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