St Mary and St Clement, Clavering, Essex (3/4)

Amor Vincit omnia
Amor Vincit omnia

Rood-loft Stairs Doorway

To the south side of the chancel arch is a small doorway opening on to the stairs to the rood-loft. This is where Violet Pritchard found the short inscription, Amor Vincit omnia (love conquers all), which she records in her book ‘English Medieval Graffiti’. It is the only piece of graffiti she remarks on for this church. 

There are several crosses inscribed into the stonework, the most deeply carved is an eight pointed star or baptismal cross which is on the riser of a step a little way up the staircase.

The rest of the non-memorial graffiti consists of circles, merels, dot patterns, grids, cross hatching and an interesting vertical grid somewhat like a griddle pan.

The rest of the graffiti is made up of memorials. The dates range from the 1660s to the 1770s.

The south side of the rood screen has some fine figures of saints, now little more than outlines, a hint as to what was there before.

Report by Anthea Hawdon.

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