Like proud royalty, England’s national bird maintains a high profile … well, at least in the gardens around Europe anyway. And once they discover a bird table set with a delicious spread, they will happily dine there all winter long. Robins know a good thing when it comes their way, which explains their healthy population in Chaddesley Corbett near St Cassian’s Church.
It’s the only church in England dedicated to St. Cassian, though it’s unclear which of the two St. Cassians it is intended to honor! And for good reason. St. Cassian’s is an inspiring example of medieval architecture and design set in a bucolic environment.
But to experience some of St. Cassian’s finest treasures, you’ll have to go inside and leave the Robins behind. Not to worry, they can see everything through the elegant 14th century window above the altar. The glass was donated five centuries after construction by the Perrin family, co-founders of Lea & Perrins Worcestershire sauce.
Proudly displayed in the side aisles off the nave, two stone effigies honour important figures in the church’s history. One is a priest and the other a brave knight featured in full armour with each individual ring of mail still visible in the carving.
The intricate chancel features the renowned work of the Herefordshire School of carvers and represents some of the finest such work in the region. The stone font is alive with coiling dragons and interwoven with Celtic patterns.
St. Cassian Church offers enticing details and towering triumphs from its altar to its heavy wooden doors. And the surrounding countryside will put a song in your heart that the local Robins will be happy to share.
In the box...
The Cantisso Collection is based on a real artist stretched canvas 305 X 254mm (12 X10”) with printed outline, 8 colours of artist acrylic paint, 2 different size artist brushes, full instructions, online video tutorial as well as videos on tackling specific techniques.