Headless in The Lady Chapel

Ely Cathedral

Again! I am still trying to establish who defaced these stone icons set into the walls of The Lady Chapel. Was it part of Henry VIII Dissolution of the Monasteries around 1540? Or of Oliver Cromwell during one of the English Civil Wars more than 100 years later which was partly about the animosity between Catholics and Protestants. Unfortunately my Time Machine is out of action!

Latest reading suggests it was during the former but was done by the monks themselves. They received word that Henry's troops were on their way so they did this to forestall further damage. Not sure if the troops ever reached Ely as it was very inaccessible being surrounded by marsh-land and requiring local knowledge to get through it.
Great composition and processing. Is this sandstone?
posted July 14th, 2018  
@haskar Thank you... The cathedral is constructed with Barnack Stone, Barnack Quarry, now exhausted I think, is a few miles away. It is Oolitic limestone which you can read about here: https://www.ucl.ac.uk/earth-sciences/impact/geology/london/glossary/rocks/sedimentary/limestones
posted July 14th, 2018  
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