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Hello, I am the author of the "Church Locking" pages referred to in an earlier guestbook entry. Thank you for linking to my site. The locking information is generated as part of my project to photograph in detail (inside and outside) all of the rural parish churches in England. Currently I have visited and photographically recorded over 7000 churches (about 70% of the country). The Locking pages as yet don't have all of the data I have collected and are long overdue for an update - something I happen to just be working on just now and how I came across your website.

Added: December 26, 2011
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Thank you for your photographs of Castor Church; they are lovely. They were obviously taken one year earliesh on Holy Saturday, the Eve of Easter Sunday, as the altar frontal has been changed but the large wooden cross that we put up on Good Friday is still up. We are proud of Castor Church - I am the parish priest and I also look after Marholm, Suttn and Upton and Water Newton and Stibbington. Do call if you visit again. We will take you up ino Castor Tower. best wishes William Burke

Admin reply: William. Thank you for your kind words - and I may well take you up on your offer. We revisited Castor a couple of weeks ago with a view to some improved photographs which I will be uploading soon. Yes, it was around Easter when I visited before and the light was rather poor - and we were a bit in the way, I am afraid! Living in Ryhall we have become increasingly intrigued by Kyneburgha, Ebba and our own St Tibba to whom they were probably related (please see the Ryhall page if you haven't already). What a history Castor Church has! And what a tower!


Added: December 21, 2011
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Congratulations on the website.
Regarding locked churches, you might like to include a link to a site which details and maps the churches which are locked in each county. It helps greatly with planning a visit as, if necessary, clergy or churchwardens can be contacted in advance for the contact details of the keyholder. Google 'The Digital Atlas of England Foundation' and then click on the 'church locking' tab.

Admin reply: Ginny. Thank you. I've visited the site you suggested. What an astoundingly useful resource! Sobering too, because the proportion of "open" churches is rather lower than I have experienced (and I still get very disappointed!) - probably because I am visiting the better-known ones. I will certainly link to it. Thanks again. Lionel


Added: December 6, 2011
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I have just read your piece on Patrixbourne. In their defence, the churchwardens have had problems with commercial users of pictures in the past. Thank you for calling my guide authoritative. Have you seen the book I wrote with architect Howard Jones? It contains in-depth sections on Patrixbourne, Barfrestone (which is largely a figment of Victorian reconstruction.....) and others in East Kent. It was published by the History Press in 2009, has been reprintd twice and is called 'Norman Churches in the Canterbury Diocese' (by Mary Berg and Howard Jones).
With best wishes, Mary Berg


Added: November 17, 2011
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Hi , Wonderful pics of my former home area, but where is the churches from Notts ? I am from Newark and we have a fine parish church there,is there some reason why it isnt listed? Still great stuff keep it up! :!thinking:

Admin reply: John, Nottinghamshire is not, to be honest, a great county for churches unless church monuments are your special interest. HOWEVER, you are right that Newark is exceptional - especially its external frieze and its misericords. I have visited it and it is on my very length "to do" list. Prompted by you I will try to add it in the next few weeks. Thanks for your interest. regards Lionel


Added: October 25, 2011
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My wife Philomena & I visited Barnack church yesterday. We normaly go with a group (U3A),visiting churches with presentations.
We were so pleased to find it unlocked, which is rare these days. As you say a lovely church with so much to see of interest. You mentioned Barnack stone. Am I right in saying that one of the wall mounted structures (not sure what is was for?) is made of another local stone, so called, Alwalton `marble`? There is a example of this in Peterborough Cathedral.

Admin reply: Hi Jim. It is Abbot Benedict's tomb in Peterborough Cathedral that is made of Alwalton Marble. It is a kind of brown-ish stone. It is not really marble - Britain does not have any true marble beds. Rather like so-called (black) "Purbeck marble", it is a limestone and certainly in Purbeck you can often see the fossils! I am not aware of Alwalton marble at Barnack and i would be interested to know where exactly it is. Regards Lionel


Added: September 7, 2011
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I visited Lewtrenchard Church, Devon on 27 August 2011. and was particularly impressed by the medieval benchend portraying the Archangel Michael smiting the devil. The Archangel also holds a balance of weighing scales, a 'Psychostasy' for the weighing of souls, which the devil had tried to unbalance, but is frustrated in the attempt by Archangel Gabriel. In your (or someone else's) Website comment on this benchend in Lewtrenchard, the winged figure is wrongly said to be of St. Peter at the Day of Judgement. St. Peter would not be portrayed with wings, furthermore he normally carries keys not scales.

Perhaps this should be corrected?

Admin reply: Corrected today 4/9/11.


Added: August 31, 2011
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May god be with you and your loved and keep up the god work
falk@isurfer.de


Added: August 19, 2011
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Fabulous site and immensely useful. Thank you.

Added: August 19, 2011
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God will feel pathos for us in sickness and in sin and he gave Jesus and his right hans care daily that keep us in life and in victorious safe daily with the Holy Spirit power and joy with us in pleasure of promises and love and he will use us more and more in the letters from Jesus in our the City,thanks and bless,keijo sweden

Admin reply: Hmmm. Thank you for your good wishes, Keijo. I hope you enjoyed the site. Regards Lionel


Added: July 19, 2011
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