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Brant Broughton, St Helen, Sundial
Brant Broughton, St Helen, Sundial
Brant Broughton, St Helen, Sundial

On the south side of the church are two sundials of uncertain date, one in the angle of the buttresses at the south-east corner of the nave and the other between the south-east buttresses on the wall of the tower.

Mark Acton, 2008

Brant Broughton, St Helen, Sundial
Brant Broughton, St Helen
Brant Broughton, St Helen
Brant Broughton, St Helen

‘Without doubt, one of the best of all Lincolnshire churches’ (Henry Thorold)

Mainly 14th century, the church is remarkable for its elegant spire and its many fine carvings.

The beautiful chancel, with its painted ceiling and lavish furnishings, date from Bodley’s rebuilding in the late 19th century.

Frank Robinson, September 2014

Brant Broughton, St Helen church, G F Bodley, Henry Thorold
Brant Broughton, Vulcan ring
Brant Broughton, Vulcan ring
Brant Broughton, Vulcan ring

This silver ring with a gold intaglio was discovered at Brant Broughton.

The intaglio shows the Roman god Vulcan, the god of fire, smithing and manufacture.

He is shown standing, wearing a tunic across one shoulder, with a long pair of tongs in his left hand and a hammer in his right, which he holds over an anvil.

This image is recognised on a growing number of ring intaglios in Lincolnshire, many of which appear to have been made in the same workshop, such is the consistency of their imagery.

It is possible that these rings represented good fortune for metalworkers, and were worn as apotropaic symbols, warding off accidents.

Finds from shrine sites, however, also suggest that they were placed in the ground as offerings, possibly even at places where metal ores were mined.

The deposition of such a ring might invoke Vulcan to ensure that the source of the ore continued to produce its valuable product.

Courtesy of Lincolnshire County Council, The Collection

Brant Broughton, Roman Vulcan ring, gold intaglio