Misericords

A misericord is a small wooden structure formed on the underside of a folding seat in a church which, when the seat is folded up, is intended to act as a shelf to support a person in a partially standing position during long periods of prayer. 

Manchester Misericords

 Tony visited Manchester Cathedral on numerous occasions during the latter part of 2016 and early 2017 to  photograph the Misericords in the Quire Stalls.

Photographing the misericords proved to be extremely difficult! The gap between the carving and the front of the stall is just under a half a metre to the lens.  A 24mm lens was used to allow the camera to be horizontally level with the carving and to give a full view. Each carving is unique and the shapes are asymmetrical.
Lighting was a particular problem, there are windows high up on each side of the Quire, through which various degrees of sunlight shine with the illumination at cloudy times being very subdued, and yet at midday, sun beams could illuminate sections of the stalls.
This problem was partially solved by using an old white bed sheet to diffuse the sunlight and allow local lighting  from an LED panel.
Many photographs were taken of the individual carvings before a set of acceptable images were obtained.

Phil, who was at that time Canon Precentor at Manchester Cathedral has provided the words to go with this collection of photographs.

Mesiricord Images

Use the photo link to see a lightbox view or the text link to view an enlarged image with the description as provided by Philip Barratt.

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