Weekly Photo Challenge – Boundaries


The Rood Screen, Derby Cathedral

Rood Screens are not unique to Derby Cathedral.  Churches and Cathedrals  over the centuries have had Rood Screens.  They are used to separate the congregation from the Choir and Alter…a boundary between the people and the ‘business’ end of the building.

Boundaries can be very real, other perceived as existing, some as symbols and warnings…. even social barriers.

The Rood Screen above is though unique in its own right.  It is the work of Master Craftsman and Blacksmith Robert Bakewell. Constructed in the early 1700 (for the sum of £157) it is just one of Bakewell’s ironwork construction that can be found around Derbyshire.

I hope you like this as my contribution to this weeks challenge Boundaries (https://dailypost.wordpress.com/dp_photo_challenge/boundaries/)

4th October

(C) David Oakes 2015

7 thoughts on “Weekly Photo Challenge – Boundaries

  1. I’ve an ancestor with Rood surname, so my eyes caught this straight away. I had no idea there was such a thing as a Rood Screen, it looks more like a fence. It definitely created a crystal clear, barrier. The actual craftsmanship is really beautiful!


    • This Rood Screen is very ‘see thru’ many were/are intricate carved wood screen and much more a solid barrier. Take a look at Wikipedia under Rood Screen I don’t know but it might give a clue to the origins of the family name.

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    • That is it….the Cathedral is very light with big clear windows and the walls and ceiling are all painted in bright light colours so lots of reflecting surfaces. This pic was actually taken a little while ago and since then the décor has been refreshed so I guess it will be even brighter. Gold of course always catches the light and glitters and there is plenty of that on the screen and other cathedral artefacts.

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  2. What a fabulous ‘screen’. Magnificent in this cathedral and your photo makes it look like a precious gem.
    I never heard of the word Rood Screen, so I looked it up. We would call it a ‘Doksaal’. The word derives from the Latin word ‘Dorsa’. It is a word to name the backside of the Choir which is will close off from the rest of the church. It used to be a wooden, of stone wall according to Wikipedia.

    This is in the Saint Etienne du Mont in France. I found wooden constructions between choir and ‘ship’ and stone ones. All of them fabulous but because of the lightness of this gate in Derby Cathedral, I like this better.
    This is in my former home town of Haarlem in the former Bavo Cathedral (now just Bavo Church). The photografer isn’t as good as you but you do get the idea…. different, beautiful, but again… not like Derby cathedral:


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