Another church theft (Dennis Aubrey)


BBC reports the theft of two screen panels from Holy Trinity church in Torbryan, Devon. The church contains a marvelous medieval carved rood-screen, with panels showing paintings of saints. Two of these were hacked out of the screen by thieves last week.

Rood Screen, Holy Trinity Church, Torbryan (Devon)  Photo by John Salmon (Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 license)

Rood Screen, Holy Trinity Church, Torbryan (Devon) Photo by John Salmon (Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 license)


Here is a link to the BBC story.

There is another story at the Independent.

16 responses to “Another church theft (Dennis Aubrey)

  1. What a shame. It’s more than symbolic for churches to be free, open to all and safe. We call them sanctuaries after all. Some people just don’t get it.

    • Craig, they are sanctuaries no more, too often. We have seen villages and town torn apart by the theft of some beloved artwork from their church, particularly the vierges romanes. We went to the town of Thoisy-le-Désert in Burgundy and found the church locked. We found some villagers preparing for some small festival dinner and asked why the church was locked. As they told of the theft of the vierge, women and men both started weeping. And this theft was a decade earlier.

    • Lynne, I know from your site how much these rural churches mean to you. I’m sure that you’ve seen this time and again, but it is heartbreaking with every new occurrence. Thanks for your comment.

  2. Sometimes I say that we’re all made of the same stuff, but I realise now that people who steal ancient artworks are made from something nasty. I hope they regret their act and bring the pieces back.

  3. Saw this on the BBC. It is always sad to think certain elements engage in such thoughtless activities. I am reminded of reports not that long ago of metal thieves stealing memorial plaques.

    • Graham, I remember reading about the metal thieves stealing the plaques. I just received a message from this post on Facebook from a friend who lived in New York City. He wrote, “I used to live in one of the last cobblestone streets in NY. One night an organized gang dug them all up. They all wound up in driveways in Westchester.” We can only shake our heads.

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