Submitted by Name: Simon Jones From: Breedon on the Hill E-mail: Contact
Comments: A fascinating insight into an amazing place. The Iron Age fort known locally as the Bulwarks are still discernable although somewhat overgrown. The site is managed ( not well!) by English Heritage. The church itself is suffering from the ravages of time and needs a lot of work doing to secure its future. The vicar is trying to raise some £130000.00 to embark on the renovations, any financial assistance would be very welcome.
Added: April 4, 2017
Submitted by Name: Fiona From: Gloucestershire E-mail: Contact
Comments: i am so pleased to have found this site. Thank you for setting it up. i'm doing a weeks OUSSA course this summer on medieval church architecture and you have allready been of a great help
Admin reply: It's great to have been of help. Thank you. Lionel
Added: March 9, 2017
Submitted by Name: Hazel From: Biggleswade E-mail: Contact
Comments: I enjoyed your site immensely thank you. Could there be an excursion in your itinerary to Staffordshire perhaps in the future?
Admin reply: Thanks. Staffordshire? Another hole in my coverage, I admit. I'll try to get there shortly. regards Lionel
Added: March 8, 2017
Submitted by Name: Pam Scoble From: Reading, Berkshire E-mail: Contact
Comments: What an interesting site you have developed. I found it when browsing for Brixworth Church, mentioned in a David Starkey programme. However, have you something against Berkshire or have you not yet visited here? I am exploring old Berkshire churches and have visited some gems, so am disappointed you have none on your site.
Admin reply: Thanks, Pam. No, I've nothing against Berkshire! Unfortunately it's a bit far from here for a day-trip and it's not an obvious holiday destination. However, I am spending a few days in the county in June. So watch this space. regards Lionel
Added: February 27, 2017
Submitted by Name: Dave Palmer From: Coed Morgan E-mail: Contact
Comments: Great Church in Garway with Welsh and Arabic influences.
Admin reply: Yes, one of my all time favourites. Lionel
Added: February 3, 2017
Submitted by Name: Leslie Spanswick From: Cold Overton E-mail: Contact
Comments: There are some impressive carvings inside the Cold Overton's church. The best being inside the porch where everyone doesn't look up. These are contemporary with the tower.
Admin reply: I have to admit my interior pictures were poor. I'll have to return! regards Lionel
Added: January 18, 2017
Submitted by Name: Alison Beck From: Aston Clinton E-mail: Contact
Comments: I have recently come across 'Hidden Histories' by Mary-Ann Ochota, in which your wonderful website gets an acknowledgement. Your site is brilliant,and you are clearly very much a man after my own heart. My partner and I visit churches wherever we go, often but not always prompted by the sainted Simon Jenkins! (How could he have left out that lovely church in Wareham?) We are just back from spending Christmas in Dorset, and thus so enjoyed reading all you have to say about Studland. I agree with almost all you say (especially the bit about access!) and your site has already suggested two undiscovered churches on my doorstep - Dinton and Stone. I do hope you continue to add to the site for many years to come. Best wishes
Admin reply: Alison
Thank you so much for your very kind words. Access is a growing issue and I do recommend the "Keyholder" app that I mention on my website (and with which, incidentally, I have no personal connection). It costs a modest subscription but it can help to avoid abortive visits. It's designed for mobile devices rather than computers, however, so check compatibility first. You mention some great churches. Dorset is just great for churches all round and Dinton and Stone in Bucks have stunning treasures, don't they? regards Lionel
Added: January 12, 2017
Submitted by Name: Frank Furman From: Rolla, Missouri USA E-mail: Contact
Comments: Grant to Geoffrey de la Mare, and his heirs, a weekly market on Tuesday at their Manor of Thurleby by Brune Co. Lincoln, and of a yearly fair there on the feast and Morrow St. Firmin. by p.s.
Edwards II, Nov. 18,1318, Calendar of Charter Rolls, Membrane 16- continue, York 58.
Added: December 22, 2016
Submitted by Name: Frank Furman (descendant ofJames Firmin,Winthrop Fleet, 1630) From: Rolla, Missouri, USA E-mail: Contact
Comments: Interesting speculations on Roman Thurby. The English changed the spelling of our name from Firmin to Furman in New Amsterdam in the late 1600s. Our Firmin genealogy runs back to the Bury St. Edmonds in the 1400s. There is a Firmin (1086) one of the contributors of the Domesday Book, and St. Jurmin (St. Firmin) (800's?) at Bury St. Edmonds. There is a long line of churches, springs etc. that are dedicated to St. Firmin that lead to and from Bury St. Edmonds. Additionally Roman markers dedicated by Firmin extend into Scotland and are related to Julius Firminus and the Emperors winter trip (334 AD) to Britain. Firminus was a early Christian apologist. There are over two dozen St. Firmins. Firmin in Latin means of or belonging to Fermo, Italy, a town over looking the Adriatic and the home of the Roman IIII Legion which was in England. Genealogy, these markers and DNA leads us Firmin (Furman) back home.
I hope to visit Thurby and other Firmin sights.
Thanks Frank Furman
Admin reply: That's awesome, Frank. I'm very envious of those who can trace their genealogy like that. I found out just before my father died that my surname comes from a black man who lived for two years with my father's adoptive mother before he died! If that bloke is looking down on us all he must be bemused and maybe thrilled to see that three generations of people bear his name and with many more to come I hope! We live quite close to Thurlby (it has the "L" in it today, btw) and Diana's father's remains are interred there. kind regards Lionel
Added: December 17, 2016
Submitted by Name: Michael Smith From: Leicester E-mail: Contact
Comments: Very well written pieces on a very interesting subject. Keep up the good work.