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Stumbled upon your wonderful website today, a great blend of illuminating, serious observations and comments. The enthusiasm for your subject is palpable and I'm sure is a real stimulant for readers to visit the churches and to hopefully make a contribution to their upkeep and conservation. I really appreciate your dedication and hard work in developing this important and pleasurable resource. Must get over to St John and St Mary at Devizes again. I agree, stunning tower.

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Thank you Lionel and Diana for sharing your enthusiasm and love of our historic churches. I have been learning Old English, which has stoked an interest in all things Anglo Saxon - finding your resource is perfect for helping me to seek out wonderful artefacts of this era.
I'm very grateful and appreciative of your generosity. With best wishes.


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I read again the details of Runius Church in Marown on the Isle of Man. I looked again at the wonderful pictures. How lovely to be reminded of a smashing holiday that in turn inspired me to write a children's story set on the I of M. Watch this space for when it has been printed.......

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Really enjoyed browsing and I'll be back for reference when I visit these areas. Photos and text are highly informative and bring the church architecture and history alive with no hint of dryness. Can I recommend that you consider Aller as a possible visit?

Admin reply: Thank you for your kind words, Judy. especially as "driness" is what I am most anxious to avoid. I believe our forefathers built in a spirit of exuberance and good humour and that being too precious about it all just turns people off reading. As for Aller, Diana and I intend to visit Somerset for the Carnival this year, having missed the last couple of years, and we;re always looking for churches worth visiting in teh area so we might well look in. kind regards Lionel


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Gem of a website - thank you.

Admin reply: Thank you for this feedback. regards Lionel


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IN your notes of the court you say that Lady Anne Holborne established the almshouses.
it was her sister Lady Katherine Leveson who created the almshouses for 20 destitute women and a school for 20 poor boys to be held at the school until they could find apprenticeships in the parish

Admin reply: Thank you so much for this, Fred. I have amended the page accordingly. Lionel


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A facinating website - please keep it up!

I am very well acquainted with Old Malton, Ellerburn, and Lastingham churches, and am delighted that you like them all. May I add a few comments about them?

The dedication for Lastingham is St Mary, not St Michael as shown on the Yorkshire page!

The church in Ellerburn has now recovered from the bats, and is very welcoming! Some very recent research at Ellerburn has suggested that it dates back a lot further than 1050, and that it may have been the first stop on the journey when the body of St Hilda was moved from Whitby to Gloucester. It is the first of a sequence of 6 churches dedicated to St Hilda on the route that may have been taken, each at about a days journey apart. If it was the first night's resting place, it would have become a place of pilgrimage, and the unusual placement of blocked-up doors on both the south and north side of the chancel would be consistent with that.

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Admin reply: Wow. Thanks for this info. I will email you privately.


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Admin reply: Those are all great churches, aren't they? Glad you found my sote useful and thank you for your kind words. Lionel


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