Old England: A Pictorial Museum (page 6/52)

[picture: 14.---Druidial Ornaments]

14.—Druidial Ornaments

“These remarkable monuments contain not only the bones and the ashes of the dead, but various articles of utility and ornament, domestic utensils, weapons of war, decorations of the person, perhaps insignia of honour (Figs. 13 and 14), the things which contributed to comfort, to [...] [more...]

[picture: 15.---Group of Arch-Druid and Druids]

15.—Group of Arch-Druid and Druids

A group of bearded older men wearing robes sit in disputation or discussion. They are in a forest.

[picture: 227.---Saxon Emblems of the Month of January.]

227.—Saxon Emblems of the Month of January.

The central portion of the engraving (Fig. 227) represents the ploughman at his labour. Four oxen are employed in the team, and they are guided by a man in front, who bears a long staff. The sower follows immediately behind the ploughman. Fig. 238, which is a literal copy from another manuscript, presents, at once, the operations of ploughing, sowing, [...]Mr. Sharon Turner has given a brief and sensible account of the Anglo-Saxon husbandry, from which the following is an extract:— [more...]

[picture: 16.---Ancient British Weapons of bone and flint.]

16.—Ancient British Weapons of bone and flint.

“Mela says that the Druidical belief in a future state led the people to bury with the dead things useful to the living. The contents of these barrows indicate different stages of the arts. In some there are spear-heads and arrow-heads of flint and bone (Fig. 16); in others brass [...] [more...]

[picture: 17.---Sarum Plain]

17.—Sarum Plain

In the foreground a barefoot shepherd with crook and straw hat, probably a boy, accompanied by his sheep, who graze on grassy burial mounds perhaps of ancient kings. In the far background, over [...] [more...]

[picture: 734.---Stewkley Church, Buckinghamshire.]

734.—Stewkley Church, Buckinghamshire.

Stewkley Church is another of the fine old churches the era of whose erection is unknown. (Fig. 734.) Dr. Stukely mentions it as “the oldest and most entire he ever saw, undoubtedly before the Conquest, in the plain ancient manner,” &c. But the enthusiastic doctor was never at a loss for a bold decision, whatever he might be as to proofs on which to found [...]Iffley Church, on the banks of the river Isis, about a mile and a half from Oxford, bears a marked resemblance to the church just mentioned, and belonged to or enjoyed the protection of the same monastery as that with which Stewkley was connected, —the Priory of Kenilworth. It will be a sufficient testimony of its antiquity to say it is known to have been in existence before 1189. (Fig. 724.) (p. 203) [more...]

[picture: 18.---Various Barrows]

18.—Various Barrows

The text reads: “a. Long barrow. b, c. Druid Barrows. d. Bell-shaped Barrow. e. Conical Barrow. f. Twin Barrow.” [more...]


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