St Lukes’s Church, Broughton Sulney, Nottinghamshire & Belvoir Angels

In May 2015, we were travelling through Nottinghamshire, I can’t remember why, the reason is now lost in the mist of time, when I suddenly shouted stop, now I do remember that.  I had seem a wonderful honey golden ironstone church, St Luke’s the parish church for Broughton Sulney, the time was late but, when would we ever pass this way again.  Of course husband stopped and out I jumped, I knew it would be closed, but some exterior photos would be ok.  Before I even got to the door of the church I stopped in amazement, there were ‘Belvoir’ angel headstones everywhere.  

I love coming across these headstones and took my photos quickly before the light faded.  

A little history ………The Belvoir Angel is a motif local to the Vale of Belvoir (Beever) and the Framland, in the East Midlands, carved in slate in the late 1600’s and first part of the 18th century. Usually found immaculately preserved on small slate headstones, it speaks of the blessing of God at the time of passing from the earthly to the heavenly state, with a protective angelic covering.  A typical Belvoir Angel design is a winged angel face on a Swithland slate headstone found in the district, named after the Vale of Belvoir, in the East Midlands.

 

 

 

After the angel photo shot, I did try the door, just in case, but it was closed, although I’m glad I entered the porch, because I found a wonderful fragment of a tympanum, but it wasn’t until I did a little research, I found out it could be Norman.

 I have added a little history about the church, although not much, as it is being researched at the moment.

Luke’s is a small village church built of brown ironstone and has a heavily weathered appearance. There is no mention in Domesday Book of a church here but there is evidence in the porch for a Norman building in the form of a fragmentary tympanum with a crude figure in the right-hand corner.  There were originally two aisles but the south was demolished when the porch was constructed in 1733. However, one bay of this aisle survives, built into the wall, giving a date of c1200. The north arcade is of the 13th century though the rest of the aisle was rebuilt in 1855, as was the chancel. The west tower is also of the 13th century. There is a 14th century font with some carved tracery. In the churchyard are many fine 18th century slate head stones, typical of the ‘Belvoir’ school of carving.

May 2015

Two Americans in Norfolk

 

The two Americans….. are my niece and her husband, we attended their wedding in 2015 in the US, and some of you might remember, I posted photos of their wedding.  They came to stay overnight in April 2016, they were doing the rounds, visiting relations and friends in the UK.  My daughter and family came to visit at the same time, and we went on a family day out.  I am so late in posting this, but better late, than never……. I hope anyway 🙂  We headed to the North Norfolk Coast, it’s a bit difficult to show off where you live in one day, but at least the weather was good to us.  We stopped at Burnham Market first, and had a look around a Norfolk Village, before it got busy.  Then we made our way to Wells-next-the-Sea and had a fish and chip dinner, and a go on the slot machines.

An April Bike Ride

 

Around the outskirts of Peterborough in Cambridgeshire, is great for bike riding.  Apart from the really good bike routes, the terrain is mostly flat.  We try and take the caravan to Ferry Meadows Caravan Park each April and have at least one twenty mile bike trip…..which in truth only happens once a year and this year it didn’t happen.  Although we did take the bikes all the way to Scotland this year, to ride on some of the Islands, but it rained so much, it just never happened, they didn’t come of the bike rack.  So while sorting through the endless amount of photos, I found last April’s bike ride, 2016 and as it was the only one we have managed to achieve in two years……I am going to post it, to remind myself how nice it is to ride a bike.  My husband pulls a cart on the back of his bike for the dogs, as little dogs tire after a few miles, and as we now have four dogs, its better for them to travel in style.  Hopefully the photos will show you a little of the lovely countryside around Peterborough.  We also stopped off at Ferry Meadows and Orton Mere stations to watch the steam train on the Nene Valley Railway.  Finally three little dogs, we had another dog just after our break, back to the van for a well earned drink.

 

The Passing of Summer

 I’m having a lot of difficulty in realising that Autumn is really here.  I love this time of year, but I am thinking that we didn’t really have much of summer this year.  I know we had a very hot late spring, but then it only seems like there were, just odd summer days dotted here and there.  Even looking back at my photos, we seem to have had more dull days, than hot beautiful sunny ones…..I know we should go to hot places for our holidays, well we did this year, the French Riviera, but it still managed to rain, although most of the time is was lovely hot sunshine.  So just a few late summer photos, to say farewell until next summer, when we do it all over again, but please, just a little less rain 🙂  Still…… I have an awful lot of sunny French photos to post, if I ever get around to sorting them out 🙂

Photos taken around the Fens in Cambridgeshire, Lincolnshire and Norfolk, 2017

Kilnaugkhton Chapel & Old Burial Ground, Isle of Islay, Scotland

In May 2016 we visited Islay, a large island off the west coast of Scotland, we were suppose to return this year, 2017, but the ferry was cancelled due to bad weather.  Sorting through some photos, I have realised now, that I have some more Islay photo’s still to post and some of the Isle of Jura.  

When we went to photograph the lighthouse at Carraig Fhada, we passed a burial ground that looked interesting.  After the photo shot with the lighthouse, we came back and I explored this beautiful located ancient chapel and its burial ground.

Kilnaugkhton Chapel sits on the west side of Kilnaugkhton Bay and was most likely built in the 1400’s, there is now only a roofless structure.  As you approach the chapel from its south side it gives the impression of having very low surviving walls. This is the result of the exterior level in the burial ground being raised over the centuries, leaving this side of the chapel almost sunk into the surrounding churchyard.

There are many worn grave slabs and there is a ‘Warriors Grave’, a knight in full armour.  Unfortunately or not, the grass had not been cut and everywhere, the bluebells and primroses were in abundance, more than I have ever seen before, so the knight was well hidden.  

 

Once Upon A Time……..

Once upon a time there was a young airman…… ha ha that’s all you get 🙂  I took this photo wondering if this gentleman had been an airman…..once upon a time.  

Taken on a visit, July 2017, to see the Shuttleworth Collection, at Old Warden Aerodrome, in Bedfordshire, where, there is a wonderful collection of vintage airplanes.  There are also vintage vehicles, and a beautiful garden, I will post about them all later.