Monday, March 12, 2007
ST MARTIN’S HERNE
Herne, a tiny village just inland of the bay, is blessed with a magnificent church that boasts many historical associations in it's own right. It is built from a combination of flint and ragstone and work commenced during the 14th century. Probably it's most famous incumbent was Nicholas Ridley, vicar in 1538. He became bishop of Rochester in 1541 and then Bishop of London in 1544. Once in London, he was automatically involved in affairs of State. Unfortunately for him, he chose to support Lady Jane Grey's claim to the throne of England (rather than Mary). That choice was to cost him his life. After a religious debate at Oxford, he was found guilty of heresy. His punishment was to be burnt at the stake on 16 October 1555, along with bishop Hugh Latimer.
The church has a marvellous bell tower. Unlike St Marys at Hillborough, which has only one bell, St Martins can boast a full set, which can be heard for miles around. Internally, the design follows the classic standard of a larger English church. There is a great feeling of space within with splendid arches and stained glass windows. Apparently, Herne was once a chapelry (smaller parish) of Reculver. Ironic, then that St. Martins church survives whereas St. Marys at Reculver has been all but taken by the sea. (http://www.hbay.co.uk/html/stmartin.htm)
I used a 6x6 Hasselblad 501C and 80mm zeiss plannar lens with yellow filter. The film was Ilford HP5+ 400, developed in Rodinal, and the print was made on Ilford Multigrade IV FB Glossy paper developed in Dektol and ansco 120.