I live in Devon where we are lucky to have 17 churches with 29 roof bosses of the Three Hares symbol and I have painted each one and made a trail leaflet to take you to find them. All the original paintings can be seen in my gallery Ludgate Fine Art, 20 The Square, Chagford,Dartmoor,Devon,TQ13 8AB.
Now officially the logo of Chagford, I have been working on a new image for Chagford and have painted the hares to resemble Granite as this seems appropiate, I have kept the image simple and in a soft blue grey.
This is a copy in oil paint and gold leaf of the painted wooden Three Hares Boss that is found in the ceiling above the alter in St Michael's Church in Chagford. It can now be seen in my Three Hares Gallery here in Chagford or on my website www.devonsnatureinart.com
We have just been back to visit St Mary's church at Kelly. This is the furthest west on my Three Hares Trail and is such a pretty and remote place. The church is predominately a soft green colour the granite being tinged with lichen and the graveyard is a delight being full of wildflowers with snowdrops and masses of wild dafodills just ready to burst into flower! Inside the church you will see two Three Hare carvings, one a new copy of the ancient wooden boss which has darkened with age so much you will need a torch to see it properly. There are several good walks going off from there passing Kelly House with its ancient brick grannary.
Apart from having two fine examples of carved Three Hares ceiling bosses in St Michael's Church here in Chagford there are also some lovely hand made tapestry kneelers of the image, here is a photo I took of one of them.
I have just been into St Michael.s Church in Chagford to see the unusual sight of all the bells down on the ground inside the church. They have just been cleaned and are waiting to be placed back in the bell tower. I took this picture of one of the two Three Hares bosses that are in the beautiful church which is well worth a visit!