The Wirksworth Stone
The Wirksworth Stone was the lid of stone vault found buried in front of the alter of Wirksworth Church in 1820. The carvings faced down, probably to hide avoid damage at the time of the Reformation. The vault beneath contained a skeleton, yet to identified. The images have a superficial resemblance to a comic strip, but are not intended to be read in series. Possibly it's designer envisaged vertical pairs being used to illustrate the lives of Christ and the Virgin in a period when few people could read or write.. It is difficult to assign a date to the Wirksworth Stone, but it is almost certainly from the Anglo Saxon period.
Today it is set on view in a wall of the church interior, as is a crude but effective carving of a medieval lead miner. Images direct from another time..
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