Saturday, July 28, 2012

A Summer Walk

             I thought you might enjoy sharing a typical summer walk with Prince Vasyl.

As we reach the brow of the hill, we see a garden with sweet-scented lavender,
red and purple fuschias and pink hydrangeas hanging over the wall. 
We always stop to admire them !

The village is ancient; the Church was started soon after the Norman Conquest
and many of the cottages around it have very old foundations
 even if the later additions are Tudor......

Some of the new buildings are in mock-Tudor style,
 but don't quite manage to deceive :-)

I have been told this is an historic fire insurance plaque.......

The view of the sea from the top of the hill.

And the view of the Norman Church tower, which dominates the village.

The view of the North and Eastern aspects of the Church
 through the iron gate into the churchyard.

One of the Celtic Cross stones, though of relatively recent date.

Local folklore is adamant that Dick turpin's family are
 buried in this set of graves
 directly under the ancienty yew tree.
I have not done any research to say
 yea or nay to this popular belief :-)

The view from the Turpin graves is a tranquil one indeed !

The churchyard is completely full and only families with
an existing grave with space left in it can be buried here. 
 It is possible for cremated remains to be scattered in one small area.
All other burials have to take place in the municipal cemetery.

I love the angel graves.

This evening primrose plant has seeded itself and also
established itself  near adjoining graves.
 It looks and smells wonderful.

The grave plot of an Italian family, which is very ornate
 for a simple Anglican country churchyard

I love  this one.

And this marks the entrance to an underground burial vault.

This one is right next to the boundary wall
separating the churchyard from the children's playground.

This one makes me think of giant chess pieces.

And this one has fallen into disrepair and had
 to be dismantled and laid flat for safety reasons.

This one is completely overgrown with foliage.

The buttresses of the massive tower are very impressive !

The crenellations of the tower were invaluable for defence in troubled times,
 as were the narrow arrow-slit windows.

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elizabeth said...

how very beautiful! reminds me of Elizabeth Goudge books :)

Matushka Anna said...

I love old cemeteries! Epitaphs used to be much more interesting, sometimes telling the story of the demise. There is one in the old cemetery in Apalachicola, Florida that is over the graves of a boy and girl. The girl fell into the water (off one of the docks I suppose) and the boy jumped in to try to save her. They both drowned and were found with their arms around each other so they were buried in one grave.

Elizabeth @ The Garden Window said...

Although the grave inscriptions have thankfully all been recorded and published by the local history group, I have noticed that many of the graves have deteriorated a great deal over the last few years and the inscriptions of some are almost unreadable now.
I keep meaning to spend a few days photographing each and every grave, and posting them on a separate blog for posterity, and might make this my summer project with the children.......

Anonymous said...

Such beautiful photos... What a lovely walk... I felt as though I was walking along with you in another age and time... Thank you for sharing!!!!

Anonymous said...

Such beautiful photos... What a lovely walk! I felt as though I was walking with you in another time and age.... Such a blessing... Thank you for sharing!!!

Ian Climacus said...

As livingfully4himalways wrote, beautiful photos and I too felt like I was walking with you. Thank you.

Anonymous said...

So many beautiful pics on your them all.