Church Angel Images at St Mary Holmbury

Church Angel Images at St Mary Holmbury, Christian Church Angel Pictures from our Pilgrimage featuring Stained Glass Church Window with Angel Sculptures and Church Architecture and other Devine Details. This church is featured with our Historic Churches in Surrey England Guide and we have visited all of the churches featured here personally so as to give a unique impression that was captured on the day of our pilgrimage.

  • Sacred Pilgrimage to Holmbury St Mary Church in Surrey , England 
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. Do you take time to stop and here the angel wings on the summer breeze ? Do angel images draw you in a little closer to take a second look, to linger for a little while, to ponder and connect deeper? There are many different types of religious art but for me the presence of angels in sacred places has a way of speaking loudly even though not a single sound is uttered. Enjoy our Church Angel Images at St Mary Holmbury
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Church Angel Images at St Mary Holmbury

I have always been drawn to angels ever since I can remember and often had this wish in my heart of being able to share all the beautiful angel art I encounter on my pilgrimages and travels to sacred places, in particular angel churches. There is that unseen bond that makes itself known whether looking upon a cemetery angel and pausing for a moment in prayer or a stained glass angel window that is illuminated by a ray of sunlight .. connection can be deeply felt and I hope I can share some of what I see here with you
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  • St Mary the Virgin

  • WHERE:
    Holmbury St Mary, England
    Diocese of Guildford
    Southern England

  • TYPE OF SACRED PLACE:
    Church

  • BUILT:
    1879, Victorian Church

  • CHURCH WEBSITE:
    no own website, just represented by a Church Near You
    achurchnearyou.com/holmbury-st-mary-the-virgin/

  • ANGEL IMAGES PRESENT:
    Yes
Altar Triptych Church Angel Images at St Mary Holmbury for Angel  Church Pictures Photos in Historic Churches in Surrey, England
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St Mary the Virgin with Child Image , Altar Triptych Church Angel Images at St Mary Holmbury for Angel  Church Pictures Photos in Historic Churches in Surrey, England

A Little History of St Mary Church

in 1872 Mr George Edmund Street and his wife were travelling in the area and as they climbed the Holmbury Hill were so struck by the beauty of the scenery laid before them that Mr Street exclaimed "It's a heavens Gate" . He established a home here and after the death of his second wife he proceeded to build a church here in her honour. He was a deeply spiritual man and had been a church warden at All Saints Margaret Church in London and here he became the church warden of his own church. He died in 1881 and was buried in Westminster Abbey London. . The name of the Parish derived from the dedication of the church to the Blessed Virgin Mary .

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According to the Surrey Parish Church booklet below the east church window stands this 14th century triptych of which the painting is thought to be Florentine and attributed to painter Spinello Aretino ( 1410 )

The figure on the left is thought to be Saint Augustine ( author of the Confessions) here depicted with book and crook. In the centre of the triptych is the Virgin and Child with Saint Bartholomew . St Bartholomew is bearded and depicted with his symbol of the knife. Also shown is Saint Prisca with long hair and holding her symbol a sword. St Prisca was martyred when she was only 13 years old.
The figure on the right is Saint James the Great . St James is depicted holding his pilgrim's staff.

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Around the center panel of this triptych are painted a beautiful Choir of Angels which the parish church booklet calls " an Angelic Orchestra" as several angel pictures are featuring a variety of instruments

Next to the Virgin Mary with Child flanking both sides are 2 angel images holding one angel with harp and one angel with tambourine ( or some kind of percussion instrument)

The parish church booklet also mentions that the church possesses a 12th century crucifix of Limoges enamel. It is thought to be a remarkable example of Mediaeval craftsmanship depicting Christ crucified but also the head of Adam rising from the dead and St Peter the porter of the Gates of Heaven. At the time of our pilgrimage visit this crucifix was not on display but only an illustration featured.

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copy of the original Annunciation Painting by Fra AngelicoChurch Angel Images at St Mary Holmbury for Angel  Church Pictures Photos in Historic Churches in Surrey, England
copy of the original Annunciation Painting by Fra AngelicoChurch Angel Images at St Mary Holmbury for Angel  Church Pictures Photos in Historic Churches in Surrey, England
copy of the original Annunciation Painting by Fra AngelicoChurch Angel Images at St Mary Holmbury for Angel  Church Pictures Photos in Historic Churches in Surrey, England

Quote by the Builder of St Mary Church George Edmund Street

  • " The most perfect building is that in which not only the architectural lines, proportions and features are all good and beautiful in themselves, but the one in which provision is thoughtfully and wisely made by the architect for the best display in harmony of the arts of painting and sculpture"


This copy of the original Annunciation Painting by Fra Angelico here at St Mary Church hangs between the sanctuary and the quire and according to the parish church booklet is said to have once belonged to the Archbishop Lang of York.

I don't think it is known who painted this copy of the Annunciation but nevertheless I love the subtle color variations on the angel wings and the general mood captured.

The painter of the original annunciation painting Fra Angelico was born Guido di Pietro c 1395 - 1455 .


He was an early Italian Renaissance painter often described as having that special rare talent. To his contemporaries he was known as Fra Giovanni da Fiesole ( Brother John of Fiesole ) and also as Fra Giovanni Angelico which means Angelic Brother John translated . In modern Italian he is called " il Beato Angelico" which means the Angelic Friar.


The original Angel Painting is also called " The Annunciation of Cortona and was painted in tempera on panel in a size of 175 cm by 180 cm. This is a panel painting which was once housed in the church of Gesù of Cortona but is now held at the Museo Diocesano in Cortona, Italy

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Angel Sculpture

Two beautiful angel sculptures can be found over the narthex of St Mary Church in Holmbury St Mary. 

When you enter through the main church door , immediately look up to your left before you get through the archway into the main sanctuary and you will see the 2 wooden angel sculptures facing each other with a sideways glance .
One of the Angel Sculpture orientation is looking into the church , the other is looking toward the entry door.

You can see that heir angel wings overlap being both outside and inside and underneath the angel sculpture seems to be fixed toward the church structure frame with a metal bar.

These angels were a little difficult to photograph as they are very high up and at an unusual angel but I hope you can see a little of the detail .

To me these seem to be the guardian angels overlooking anyone who enters this sacred place.


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What is a Pilgrimage you might wonder ? There are lots of different Pilgrimage Definitions but I can only really speak about what it meas to me . My kind of Pilgrimage is about taking time out to consciously connect with the sacred, to purposefully and with intention enter a place where I can feel divine connection in whatever way that it may present itself to me. Angels have always been a guide, to the extend that I have spotted an angel wing out of a driving car window and slammed the brakes just so I could " take a moment" out of my busy live and reconnect. Pilgrimages for me are those types of " Moments taken out" and put into my daily life . Sometimes I take longer pilgrimages to specific places, sometimes it is simply a half hour of quiet contemplation in a little village church by the sea. Angel Church Pictures , Photos and Sketchbook Drawings of Angels for my "Sacred Snailmail" project will be shared here.

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