Clearly, Christ the Consoler was chosen as a comfort to the grieving mother and as a reminder to us all of the fleeting nature of life and the reassurance the Christian faith offers to all.
This church served as both a memorial church and the parish church for Skelton. It is easily approached on a wooded footpath and sits in a clearing with a few trees in its graveyard.
|On the path to the church|
|Gate designed to bar non-rational animals from entering|
|The Church of Christ the Consoler|
|Side view of the Church of Christ the Consoler|
The yard features a small well and a memorial cross.
The eastern wall has a sculpture of Christ the Consoler by Thomas Nicholls, who also sculpted the Good Shepherd over the church entrance.
|Eastern gable of the church|
|The Good Shepherd|
|Our Lady looks over the entrance|
|Blindfolded Justice also looks over the entrance|
A dog-theme is also found in some of the exterior architecture.
|Dog on a crest|
The interior is exquisitely ornate, with many fine decorations and details.
|Nave of the church|
The baptismal font was given in honor of Lord Ripon's granddaughter. The white marble comes from Tennessee. The cover features a sculpture of John the Baptist and Christ.
|Cover of the baptismal font|
The organ has some nice musical decoration carved around it.
|Angel with tambourine|
|Angel with cymbals|
The main altar has a nice reredos featuring four prophets (Ezekiel, Jeremiah, Isaiah, Daniel) and one of the three kings bringing the infant Jesus gifts.
The stained glass is beautiful and meaningful. One window features Sampson removing the gates of Gaza matched with Jesus bursting forth from His tomb, again following the theme of consolation.
|Eastern window (above the altar)|
|Rose window in the western wall|
Detailed carvings in the woodwork are also found all over the church.
|Angels on the pews|
|door to sanctuary|
I was even able to catch Lucy praying!
|Our little angel|
Outside we saw some signs of spring and were ready to proceed to Newby Hall itself, which will be in the next post!