I am afraid that I cannot move the discussion on from M to N or 5, as
Jason asked, but all the way back to A.
In the church at Woodham Walter, Essex there is a pair of metal ties
which were inserted, I think when the bell chamber was inserted in the
19th century, or shortly afterwards. The form of the ties, their
relation to a plaster layer with a known terminus ante quem, etc. etc.
makes a date from the late C19th or early C20th probable.
The blacksmith or someone took the opportunity to have the tie ends made
into the shape of large capital As. When such letters are found on
houses, they are usually explained as the initials of the
builders/owners. Any ideas of what the explanation could be for a
church? Seeing the A on one side, I was fully expecting an Omega on the
other, but it's another A. Any ideas why an A?
I know Scandinavian and North/Central European examples of ties on
churches (remedial and constructional), which are sometimes in the form
of letters and figures (usually such things as 'AVE MARIA' or 'ANNO
1650'), and would be interested in hearing of other British churches, of
whatever period, where ties are in the forms of figures or letters.
With best wishes to all, and apologies to Jason for not having an
interesting N or 5 question,
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