Saint Christopher statue

Contributed by Norton Priory Museum and Gardens

The giant medieval sandstone Saint Christopher statue from Norton Priory stands 3.37m tall.(National Museums Liverpool).

The giant statue is twice life-size.He is shown in medieval dress carrying the Christ Child across a fish-filled river.The giant Saint Christopher statue at Norton Priory is an icon of the medieval world. Once brightly coloured with a red cloak, dark grey beard and naturally coloured skin, he is carved in relief carrying the child Christ through a fish-filled river. People at the time he was carved believed if you had sight of an image of Saint Christopher you were safe from sudden death for that day. Carved from local red sandstone, he has suffered remarkably little damage over the years considering the brittle nature of the material. The main damage was the loss of the original head of Christ, which has been replaced by a seventeenth century one. After the Dissolution of the Monasteries, the Brooke family bought the Norton Priory estate and it is thanks to them that since the 1500s the statue was so well cared for. It's now on display at Norton Priory.

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