Churchyard

St Margaret’s Church, Cley next the Sea, Norfolk

Last weekend we were on the South Coast, blue skies and a little warmth in the air, and then the Beast from the East came, and now Emma from the South.  We have been lucky in the little bit of the Fens we live in, and although it has been below freezing most of the time, only a little snow…..until tonight.  It has come with a vengeance, now I know what the rest of the country has been going through.  We lost our electric at the start of the week when a big power cable came down, so one night powerless and then for three nights we lost the internet……not good, even now it’s very slow. 

Anyway I have found some blue sky, we visited this wonderful church last summer 2017.  I had trouble with my camera, the battery was misbehaving and I only managed a few photos, so a revisit this summer is a must.  St Margaret’s Church at Cley next the Sea, sits above the village green and the church dates to the early 14th century, with the addition of a late 14th century porch.  There was an earlier church on the site, but around 1320 that church was rebuilt.  While the body of the church is intact, the north and south transepts are ruined, and open to the sky.  So really this is just a reminded for me to return and photograph the 24 late Medieval bench ends and more of the wonderful 15th century Perpendicular font.

 

All Saints Church, Ripley, Nr Harrogate, Yorkshire

 

Opposite the castle in Ripley, near Harrogate, Yorkshire, stands the parish church of All Saints, which we visited in 2016.  

The church dates from the late fourteenth century and replaced an earlier chapel which had suffered from subsidence, and became known as ‘the Sinking Chapel.’ contains the tombs of several of the Ingilby family, who’s descendants still live in the castle today.  These include the effigy chest tomb of Sir Thomas Ingilby (1290-1369). Their heads rest on a wild boar, in a reference to the incident where Thomas saved the life of Edward III.

 

 

 

The Chapel of St Mary & MacMillan’s Cross, Kilmory Knap, Loch Sween, Scotland

Kilmore Knap Chapel, St Mary’s on the shore of Loch Sween.  We visited back in 2016 and I did think I had posted about the chapel, but it would seem I did not.  Still, l think this peaceful tranquil place, will not have changed since I took my photos.  Kilmory Knap Chapel was probably built in the early 1200’s and it seems to have remained largely unaltered until it ceased to be used following the Reformation.

Following the Reformation the chapel, by now roofless, found use as a burial enclosure. It was re-roofed in 1934 to provide a shelter for the carved stones found within the chapel and churchyard, and is now in the care of Historic Environment Scotland.

I wasn’t quite expecting the amount of wonderful tomb slabs that I found on entering the chapel, they are amazing well preserved.  

The far end of the chapel is dominated by the beautiful MacMillan’s Cross, carved for Alexander MacMillan, who through marriage became keeper of Castle Sween in the 1450s. The original base of the cross can be seen in the churchyard outside, but given how crisp the carving is, it is difficult to believe it was ever exposed to the elements. It was moved into the chapel in 1981.

 

 

 

Kildalton Chapel & Burial Ground, Isle of Islay, Scotland

For some good reason, which is now lost in the mist of time, I had forgotten to post about Kildalton Burial Ground on the Isle of Islay, off the west coast of Scotland.   I posted about the famous Kildalton Celtic Cross and the Thieves Cross on site, but not the burial ground, although all the photos were ready.  We visited in May 2016, the weather was perfect and I found some wonderful tomb slabs.

Kildalton Chapel is one of the most iconic archaeological and historic sites on Islay. It is a fascinating and beautiful place to visit, located in the lovely SE corner of the island. Today we see the walls of the 13/14th century chapel, within the 19th century boundary walls of a graveyard and with an adjacent 8th century early Christian cross.  

Some history……The Kildalton parish is medieval in origin – early documentary records suggesting from c 1425, but the church building is older than this, possibly dating from the late 12th or early 13th century. Following the 1560 Reformation, Kildalton Church continued to be used, for a parish which extended from McArthur’s head in the north, to the Oa in the south, until the drift of population towards Ardbeg caused change and regular public worship was discontinued in Kildalton and transferred to the Lagavulin area at the end of the 18th century.

Holy Trinity Church, Marham, Norfolk

Another church that I would like to re-visit is Holy Trinity in Marham, Norfolk.  The door was locked in 2016, there were some phone numbers on the church notice board, but being a Sunday, I was loath to disturb anyone.  I just took a few photos of the exterior and the beautiful display of snowdrops.

Having read about this parish church, which is C12, and late C14, restored 1844, 1867 and 1875 and built of flint with ashlar dressings with slate roofs and the best part…….inside a very interesting memorial.  So another one to go on the list to visit when the weather is more clement. 

 

 

All Saints Church, Burnham Sutton-cum-Ulph, Norfolk

I keep meaning to visit this little church, which I photographed on a drive by in 2016, but its on the list now.  Why……In the late 18th century the rector of Ulph was Edmund Nelson, father of Admiral Horatio Nelson. Revd. Nelson.  One of my great grandfathers, many times removed, served on HMS Victory, not sure if he was on aboard at the same time as Nelson, but you never know, so therefore I am interested in all that is Nelson.  

All Saints was probably the first church to be built in the Burnham area and was probably begun in the late Saxon period. The oldest parts of the present building date to around 1190, which makes me want to visit even more, as I have read there are some Early Norman chancel arch capitals to see.  So roll on some nice weather.

 

All Saints, Barkby, Leicestershire

While driving through Barkby in Leicestershire, 2016, we stopped to look at the church, All Saints, unfortunately it was closed.  So I took a few photos, as I’m not sure that we will ever past that way again.  The church is a Grade 1 Listed Parish Church.   Mainly late C13, with some conservative Victorian restoration work.  Mainly ironstone but some use of granite in the C19 work. West tower and spire, nave with 2 aisles and clerestory, chancel. Tall tower of 4 stages, the 2nd is ashlar, and a different type of stone.   Its sounds like it would be worth visit, if we are ever that way again.