Bibliography

The following books and articles have all been used in the writing of this blog and may be useful to other bench end hunters. It should not be considered a complete bibliography on the subject. Links in the titles direct either to free online copies if they are available or to online shops where a hard copy can be purchased.

Books on Bench Ends and other Church Carvings.

Challis, Margaret G. Life in Medieval England as Portrayed on Church Misericords and Bench Ends (Henley-on-Thames, 1998)
Cooper, Trevor, and Brown, Sarah (eds). Pews, Benches, and Chairs (London, 2011)
Cox, J. Charles. Bench Ends in English Churches (London, 1916)
–       English Church Furniture (London, 1907)
Gray, Todd. Devon’s Ancient Bench Ends (Exeter, 2012)
–       A Gazetteer of Ancient Bench Ends in Cornwall’s Parish Churches (Exeter 2016)
Hayman, Richard. Church Misericords and Bench Ends (London, 2009)
Osborn, Bob. The Carved Medieval Bench Ends of South Somerset (Yeovil, 2003) eBook
Poyntz-Wright, Peter. Rural Bench Ends of Somerset (Amersham, 1983)
Smith, J.C.D. Church Woodcarvings, A West Country Study (Newton Abbot, 1969)
–       Guide to Church Woodcarvings: Misericords and Bench Ends (Newton Abbot, 1974)

Books Tangentially Related to Bench Ends.

Cescinsky, Herbert and Gribble, Ernest R., Early English Furniture and Woodwork, vol. 2 (London, 1912) [Link directs to chapter on chairs, including benches.]
Champion, Matthew. Medieval Graffiti: The Lost Voices of England’s Churches (London, 2015)
Post. W. Ellwood. Saints, Signs, and Symbols: a Concise Dictionary (London, 1975)
Wilks, Diane. A Cloud of Witnesses: Medieval Panel Painting of Saints in Devon Churches (Exeter, 2011)
–       Showing the Path to Heaven: A Celebration of Painted Panels in Devon Churches (Exeter, 2014)

Books on the Reformation and Church History.

Duffy, Eamon. The Stripping of the Altars: Traditional Religion in England, 1400-1580 (Yale, 2005)
–       Voices of Morebath, Reformation and Rebellion in an English Village (Yale, 2003)
–       Saints, Sacrilege and Sedition:Religion and Conflict in the Tudor Reformations (London, 2014)
Wood, Andy. The 1549 Rebellions and the Making of Early Modern England (Cambridge, 2007)

Articles.

Arnold, Alison, and Robert Howard, ‘Church of St. Ildierna, Lansallos, Cornwall. Tree Ring Analysis of Timbers From the Roofs and Pews,’ English Heritage Research Department Report Series, 49 (2006)
–       ‘Church of St. Nectan, Stoke, Hartland, Devon. Tree Ring Analysis of Timbers,’ English Heritage Research Department Report Series, 47 (2013)
–       ‘Church of St. Tetha, St. Teath, Cornwall. Tree Ring Analysis of Timbers From the Roofs and Pews,’ English Heritage Research Department Report Series, 58 (2007)
Gordon, Alex. ‘Somerset Bench Ends,’ The Reliquary and Illustrated Archaeologist, 10 (1904), 83-98
Malan, A.H. ‘Altarnon Church,’ Journal of the Royal Institution of Cornwall, 10 (1891), 263-274
Mattingly, Joanna. ‘The Dating of Bench-Ends in Cornish Churches’, Journal of the Royal Institution of Cornwall, New Series, 1 (1991), 58-72
–       ‘The Origins of Devon Bench Ends,’ Devon Buildings Group Newsletter, 25 (2007), 8-11
McDermott, Mark. ‘Early Bench Ends in All Saints’ Church, Trull,’ Somerset Archaeology and Natural History, 138 (1994), 117-130
–       ‘Supplementary Notes on the Bench Ends in All Saints’ Church, Trull, and the Wood-Carver Simon Warman‘ Somerset Archaeology and Natural History, 142 (1998), 329-334
Parker, John Henry. ‘The Carved Bench Ends in All Saints’ Church, Trull, Somerset,’ Archaeologia, 48 (1885), 340-346
Preston, Robert J. ‘Notes on Some Cornish Bench Ends,’ The Antiquary, 25 (1892), 61-65
Rylands, J. Paul. ‘An Armorial Bench End in Hawarden Church,’ Transactions of the Historic Society of Lancashire and Cheshire, 65 (1913), 171-176
Tyers, Ian. ‘Tree-ring Analysis of Oak Timbers from St. Brannock Church, Braunton, Devon,’ Centre for Archaeology Report, 81 (2004)

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