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St Michael & All Angels.

The other day I found a shortcut through the churchyard, which is pretty cool as I've been looking for a reason to explore the grounds. 

The church of St Michael & All Angels is of Saxon origin, although today the only Saxon remnants are two 11th century windows (with the grooved oak used for holding the original panes made out of flattened horn) and an 'oven'. I really badly want to go inside to see these, but I've only seen the church open on Sundays - when it holds a service for lots of people in their Sunday best, which is a bit intimidating for a scruffy heathen like me. :P Ha.

Its turret is timber built and dates to the 14th century; one of the bells is also of medieval origin. It was restored and enlarged in the 19th century, which bothers me because the Victorians were AWFUL when it came to 'restoring' old churches. Truly appalling. I hope that nothing original was lost, and like I say I haven't been inside so I can't see it for myself.

This morning I took the time to indulge in my somewhat morbid hobby of gravewalking. I dunno, I just like to look at the dates on the headstones and read peoples names and think about how they lived and loved so many years ago. The oldest I found was 1812, the most recent 1980; but I didn't look at all of them, and most of the ones I did look at were so weathered you couldn't read a single thing. My favourite one (gods, that sounds bad, doesn't it!) was one dedicated to a lady named Priscilla Lacy, which is a brilliant name. It said she was the much beloved, loyal friend and nurse to the family (name I can't remember - it was a strange one that I haven't encountered before). Apparently she'd been with them for 59 years, and died when she was 89. The headstone was white and smooth and still perfectly readable, despite having withstood rain and wind and ice for 105 years. They must have thought she was wonderful to spend so much on a headstone for her; I would have liked to have known her.

Also it has an amazing sunken path leading to the porch. I love me some sunken path.


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Dec. 18th, 2012 04:57 pm (UTC)
Lovely photo.
Dec. 20th, 2012 02:09 am (UTC)
I am a huge fan of gravewalking whenever I get the chance! My grandfather is the caretaker of an old churchyard/cemetery down the road from his house and I have lots of fond memories of summer afternoons spent with him as a child. He used to tell me stories about the people buried in there. Never got to see inside the church though - it wasn't safe for occupancy anymore and they knocked it down in the early 00's.
Dec. 21st, 2012 02:31 am (UTC)
I'm with you. I always find it interesting to explore older cemeteries. There's one not too far from my mom's house that has stones from the 1800s
Dec. 25th, 2012 03:07 pm (UTC)
Sunken paths WIN.
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