Saint Bridget's Chelvey

 

St. Bridget's Church in Chelvey dates from the 12th century, and has been designated by English Heritage as a Grade I listed building. The church is dedicated to the Irish saint Brigid of Kildare. The building includes a Norman south doorway and the octagonal font. There is also an inscribed Purbeck marble slab in the Tynte chapel under the Jacobean altar table. It dates from between 1250 and 1275, and shows the tall figure of an unknown 13th-century knight, clad in a long surcoat, grasping a spear in one hand and the scabbard of a sword in the other. Near the pulpit is a replica sand-filled hour glass in an iron frame, previously used for preachers to time their sermons St Bridget St. Bridget (or Brigid, or Bride) is the female patron saint of Ireland. She has also been identified with an ancient pagan goddess. Her feast day, February 1, was traditionally the first day of spring and of the new year in rural Ireland because it marked the start of the agricultural season. Legends about Bridget associate her with abundance and fertility; her cows, for example, allegedly gave milk up to three times a day. She is credited with an almost endless number of miracles and was buried in the same church at Downpatrick where the bodies of St. Patrick and St. Columba lie. She lived during the sixth century and probably established the first Irish convent, around which the city of Kildare eventually grew