Chadwell Church Stars of David

A4 297 x 210 mm / 4 pages / full colour

The little church of Saint Mary at Chadwell in north-east Leicestershire was of Norman origin and was shared with the neighbouring hamlet of Wycomb. Passing the church one Spring day I saw a bonfire smoking in the graveyard and, being inquisitive, went to see what was being burnt. The church was being cleared of ‘rubbish’ and on the ground waiting to go on the fire were two stars of David made from thin wooden laths. The laths were slender, just 7/8 of an inch wide. The stars were 42 inches across, 21 inches in radius and the same between stellations. The laths were held together by flat-headed nails and there was a small drill hole at one stellation. One star was raw wood, the other painted red ochre. I rescued them from the fire.