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Really pleased to have found your website. I'm looking forward to reading the whole thing with a notebook handy to make lists for future explorations! Thank you for taking the trouble to put it all together :D

Added: September 19, 2017
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You may care to look at the film An Artist Looks At Churches in which the Artist John Piper examines one church for each century - starting with Kilpeck. I'd give a link, but you don't allow it!

Added: September 17, 2017
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I have been working in winterborne kingston and drove past the sign to the tiny church in Tomson so many times. This morning I was early and decided to venture down. It was so fascinating to see this little 12th century wonder, but even more delightful to be able to see inside, after finding your website upon getting back to the office. Your prose is excellent and the tone and detail in your writing lovely. Thank you.

Added: September 8, 2017
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So pleased to have found your site. It is a welcome supplement to Betjeman and Jenkins, the County Guide, etc. We share a lot of opinions.
I sent you an email which I hope has not been caught by your spam filter, about the Mary Webb book and Aunt Hucknall.
Thanks for all your work.


Added: August 27, 2017
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Admin reply: REALLY? How nice. Were you a pupil? He's a heck of a man, isn't he? Even if he did tan my backside three times! He won't remember me, of course, but if you could point him at the website and my little tribute I'd really appreciate it. Thanks for the info about Lastingham.


Added: August 25, 2017
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Admin reply: Lol. I'll take a look at the site! It's a great church isn't it? regards Lionel


Added: August 21, 2017
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I love your entry about St German's Church in south-east Cornwall. Few churches can have had such a history: Celtic monastery, Saxon cathedral, Norman priory, recent Parish church and now a Priory again! Your Cornish list doesn't include the wonderful parish church of Tintagel, one of the few to retain it's original Norman crucifix form - can it be included later on?

Admin reply: Hi Jane. I would love to include Tintagel at some time. Unfortunately i can only devote so much time to church visiting so when i can get round to visiting it is anybody's guess. St German's is such a treasure, isn't it? kind regards Lionel


Added: August 10, 2017
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Admin reply: Thank you, Martin. I am alway happy to write about churches that other writers have overlooked - see, for example, a recent Guestbook entry from a lady in Tebay. So many people love their churches and put so much effort into them. One of the joys of doing the website just as a hobby is that you can write about what you darened well like! regards Lionel


Added: August 1, 2017
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I forgot to mention in my last comment. The churches that are worth a visit and have famous occupants in the grounds are: All Saints Church- Hursley (Oliver Cromwell's son Richard), St Margaret's- West Wellow Florence Nightingale), All Saints Church- Minstead ( Sir Arthur Conan Doyle) and All Saints Church- Little Sombourne(Thomas Sopwith). Little Sombourne Church is Saxon and mentioned in the Doomsday Book. Thank you again for your very interesting blog and I am glad I came across it and could spend hours reading it.

Added: August 1, 2017
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I came across your website/blog by chance. What a wonderful site and the history and photographs are wonderful. I like your comments made me smile a few times. I will use your blog as reference when we visit other churches around the country.
My partner and myself love visiting churches and have visited many churches in Hampshire( all of the ones you have listed)and may I mention a few you may like to visit if your ever in Hampshire again. They are all lovely examples of Saxon/ Norman Churches, but have a few famous persons buried in the grounds, such as : Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Florence Nightingale, Thomas Sopwith - Famous Aviator and Oliver Cromwell's son Richard. We have also visited a few of the churches mentioned in your blog in other parts of the country too.

Admin reply: Ah, I'm glad I make you smile sometimes! That's quite deliberate. Most books about churches are so po-faced, aren't they? Unlike the masons who built them, for example, who I'm sure were a boisterous and irreverent lot! regards Lionel


Added: August 1, 2017
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