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A medieval carved male figure from Newport Pagnell Church

Carved wood

Museum number: S141

Curatorial note

The description of this carved figure as coming from Newport Pagnell church comes from the 1837 inventories of the museum. Newport Pagnell is in Buckinghamshire and very near Tyringham, where Soane worked in the 1790s buidling Tyirngham Hall for William Praed. The only church in Newport Pagnell that this figure might have come from is the Parish Church of St Peter and St Paul which underwent a 'great restoration' in 1827, in Soane's lifetime, during which the south aisle was rebuilt. It is possible that this figure might have been removed at that time. The church was noted for the splendid length of the nave and its timber roof. Sadly, the roof had to be rebuilt in 1934 - it is said to have had wooden figures supporting the main beam some of which could be identified as apostles. It is possible that this figure might have formed part of a roof although it looks more liike a pew / stall end figure. There is no record of Soane himself carrying out any work at the church.


If you have any further information about this object, please contact us: worksofart@soane.org.uk