Archive for September 8, 2011

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St. Edmund’s looked most unlike itself recently as the interior was covered in plastic sheeting and full of scaffolding. The scheduled wood treatment was delayed from earlier in the year until we could be sure the bats would not be at risk. Timbers must be regularly treated to protect them against nasties such as Death Watch beetle, and woodworm. Death Watch was actually found in the church back in the 1950s. We have seen sgns of woodwrm as well.

On Sunday 14th November, once the 6pm Evensong service was over the congregation set to moving all the furniture out and storing it in the side chapel. The next day workers from Hilbans arrived to swathe the interior in protective sheeting and following that the scaffolding was set up. The roof timbers were sprayed and a few days later, once the fumes had cleared and it was safe to go inside again, the congregation went into reverse, and after a good cleaning session put all the furniture back.

We are very fortunate in that our members and supporters have helped to make yet another very necessary project possible.

At a recent inspection of St. Edmund’s a number of recommendations for future work were made. Watch this space and thank you for your support

Lancet Window Project

The Lancet Window Project

The two recently restored lancet windows are part of a set of 4 installed as a memorial to Mrs. Louise Florence Makant of Wootton Lodge. In June 1890 Mrs. Makant died aged only 21, possibly in childbirth. Her husband sold Wootton Lodge and moved to Ryde. In 1894 he donated to the Parish of Wootton a set of 4 stained glass windows, depicting the four evangelists in memory of his late wife. These were installed in the chancel of St Edmund’s Church.

The window openings are 13th century lancets, a pair each on the North and South walls. The manufacturers were Cakebread, Robey and Co of  Stoke Newington.  They are now known as Cakebread’s.

The entry for Wootton in the original order book records simply:-

St Edmund’s Church, Wootton, Isle of Wight, Four Single-Light Windows, Chancel, the Four Evangelists

St Luke


St John

St John (detail)

In 2006 stained glass specialists Southern Lights recommended that the glass in the two windows on the North wall windows should be repaired before the apparent damage became worse.

The first window was restored and reinstalled in 2008, the second in 2009.

Grateful thanks to our members and supporters for making this possible.

Local Wild Flowers

Wootton Bridge Wildflowers


Latin name: Primula vulgaris

Size: Grows to a height of around 15cms.

Distribution: Found throughout the UK.

Flowering months: March to May.

Habitat: Found mostly on grassy verges and woodland edges.

Special features: The flowering of the primrose generally signals the arrival of spring in Britain. The delicate yellow flowers appear between a rosette of extremely crinkly leaves. It’s English name literally means “first rose”.

Wood Anemone

Like many of our native wildflowers, the Wood Anemone has also another name, which is ‘Windflower’. This name, directly related to its botanical name is derived from the Greek. Greek legend says that Anemos, the Wind, sends his namesakes the Anemones, in the earliest spring days as the heralds of his coming. Other sources claim that the flowers only opened when the wind blew. The second part of the name nemorosa refers to its woodland habitats and derives from the latin ‘nemorosus‘ meaning ‘wooded or covered with trees’.

The Wood Anemone is poisonous. Although herbalists do not use the plant medicinally nowadays, various parts of this herb used to be recommended for a variety of complaints such as headaches, gout and rheumatism.

Wood Anemone are found throughout the UK and in Western Europe and is absent from much of the Mediterranean. The plant is found in dry deciduous woods, along old hedgebanks and occasionally in upland meadows. When Wood anemone is found in meadows and hedgebanks it often indicates the site of a vanished woodland and is sometimes eloquently referred to as a woodland ghost.

Like many other elements of our woodland flora, such as Lesser Celandine, Wild Garlic, Bluebells and Cuckoo Pint, underground storage allows the Wood Anemone to produce leaves and flowers at the same time, thus enabling it to carry out its annual life-cycle in the few weeks of spring before the shade from the trees above becomes too dense. The Wood Anemone is one of our first spring flowers. It spreads mainly by means of creeping root-stocks, running just below the surface often forming extensive carpets. It flowers from March to May, taking advantage of the early spring sun before the woodland canopy fills in blocking out the light. Once the trees in a wood have rebuilt their spring canopy of leaves, the plant’s flowers wither and fall.

The upright stem of the Wood Anemone is unbranched and bears a single star-shaped flower. The white flowers have no honey and little scent as they do not rely upon insects to produce seed. As in all the Anemones, there are no true petals. What appear to be white petals are in reality tepals, which have assumed the colouring and characteristics of petals. They are usually six in number. A whorl of three stalked leaves grows halfway up the stem. These leaves are divided into 3-5 leaflets, which are in turn deeply cut.

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