Suffolk

Sunday Roof Angel, St Edmund’s Church, Southwold, Suffolk (1)

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The beautiful 15th century Parish Church of Southwold in Suffolk is full of wonderful roof angels.  So I thought I would start a new Sunday theme of the many roof angels I have collected, and also it might make me post about the beautiful churches they residue in 🙂

What you are looking at, is a Seraphim Angel and they have six sets of feathered wings and are high up in the Choir of Angels.

I will add a photo of the roofs, you might see the same roof for a few of the angels, but it just gives you an idea of how beautiful they are.

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Frederick & The Post Mill

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On Boxing Day 2016 while visiting St Michael’s Church in South Elmham, Suffolk, I found my second windmill headstone.  I nearly missed it, as I only saw it when walking away from the church, it was close to the footpath.  I would have liked to have cleared the weeds,  but I make it a habit not to touch anything in the church or churchyard, I’m not sure why, but thats how I feel.

In Loving Memory of Frederick Arthur Aldridge

called to rest 19th July 1960

Aged 73 Years

Miller Of This Parish For 59 Years

Frederick was married to Florence May.

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The mill on the headstone is a post mill, and would have milled corn, the earliest date I can find that mentions the mill is 1836. Frederick is mentioned as the miller in 1916 and 1925, this could be from one of the yearly directories, the mill ceased operations in 1929 or in 1938 ? the sails came off in 1946.  A note in the Peterborough column of ‘The Daily Telegraph’ about how the former miller, Mr Frederick Aldridge, watched as his unsafe old mill was demolished on 10th September 1955.

This is the mill, you can see how like the headstone it is, with the stone roundhouse at the bottom, which was partially demolished in 1977.

Fredrick in 1920.

A Passing Suffolk Village

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For the life of me, I can not recall the name of this village we were passing by last week-end, all I know is, that we were still in Suffolk.  It just looked so English, as if time had stood still, I so wanted to see the church and just be in the view that I captured. I’m sure that they have their problems in the village, but at that moment in time, it looked perfect…….. if only I could remember where it is 🙂

 

Haughley Castle, Suffolk

Last Saturday we made an unexpected visit to Stowmarket in Suffolk and on our way home, I managed to visit three churches, and again unexpected, a castle, or the remains of one.   We were driving through the lovely Suffolk village of Haughley, when I spied the church and we stopped for a quick look.  With luck the church was open, infact all three churches had been open, which was great.  After taking my photos, I wandered around the back of the church into quite an unkept part of the churchyard, and noticed what I thought was a pond, with a steep incline beyond it.  This incline was covered in trees and brambles, very unkept, but I suddenly thought the pond could be part of a moat and the mound could be the castle motte.  It was hard to see more from where I was standing and I really dismissed it, thinking I’m getting carried away…….wanting to see castles everywhere.  Back to the car and as we drove out of the village….. I saw it…….. moat and mound, husband very kindly turned back for me, well he didn’t really have a choice did he 🙂

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A few details for you ………..The castle was built of a motte and bailey design by Hugh de Montfort in the 11th century. Most early castles were made of a Motte and Bailey design, consisting of a man-made mound, the ‘motte’ which had the fort on top and an enclosed surrounding area, the ‘bailey’ where the community would live. The castle at Haughley was previously known as Hageneth or Hagenorth Castle. It was destroyed in 1173 by the army of the Lord of Leicester and the site abandoned, today the only inhabitants are the ducks in the moat. The motte is one of the largest in the country at 210 feet (64 m) wide at the base and 80 feet (24 m) tall, with traces of stonework, but is now very overgrown.

Unfortunately you can not visit the motte, but the village and church are very interesting and you could feed the ducks in the 11th century moat.

April 2015

Village Sign & Church – Fornham All Saints, Suffolk

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Way back last year in the summer, we visited Suffolk a few times and on one trip found the lovely church of All Saints, in Fornham All Saints.  The village sign has always interested me, although the church is not depicted on the sign.  I now realised that I will have to waiver a little from all the churches being on all the village signs.  There are quite a few, but I think if I can take a photo with the church in the background, I will be happy with that.

The village sign depicts a helmet and crossed swords commemorating two battles that took place here. In c902 King Edward fought off a cousin to retain the English crown. In 1173 Henry II defeated the Earl of Leicester and a Flemish army at the Battle of Fornham. Today the historic village is more peaceful and the church is really worth a visit.

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