St Mark’s Anglican Church, Browns Town

I would firstly recommend this very enlightening book: How to read a church:A Guide to Symbols & Images in Churches & Cathedrals by Richard Taylor as I would be remiss if I did not.

This church is located in a bustling market town in the parish of St Ann, it was built by Hamilton Brown, the town’s founder. Interestingly this church is juxtaposed with Baptist, Catholic and other denominations. In an earlier post I mentioned that certain fittings were missing from the St Thomas Church, they were all present in this one.

Photos 1-2  St Marks Anglican, date of construction unsure

Churches were designed in a cross shape, with degrees of ‘holiness’ which started from the entrance and increased towards the alter, which is always facing the east (towards Jerusalem).

 

Photo 3 you can see the pipe organ & the gold eagle lectern that readings are done from. The pews seen here have slots with family names on it, the most prestigious family in the town of course had the front pews, so social division was a given.

 

Photo 4 Churches were more than places of worship, this set of stained glass panes is very very expensive and expresses the opulence of its congregation, my teacher, would say it showed their ‘esteem’ for God. Paintings depicting bible teachings were a good way to communicate to an illiterate congregation as well.

Photo 5 shows the housing for a bowl of consecrated water is at the very entrance of the church. Parishioners are given a sip upon entering.

 

Photo 6 exterior of church, even in burial there was distinction, the desired spot was the north side of the church grounds which was heavily crowded with graves while the south side was empty.

 

 

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