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Admin reply: Paul. Thanks for your message. I will review Pipe Aston in the light of your information. regards Lionel


Added: February 28, 2012
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Admin reply: Thank you for your post and kind comments, John. Kirk Hammerton seems almost "forgotten" these days although I have found references to it in some older church books. We are U3A members too, by the way! regards Lionel


Added: February 13, 2012
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Hello

I have just found (browsing for Orleton references) your website. Good to see St. Georges there, with photos. It is a pleasant and peaceful church.
There are plans afoot to install a kitchen and toilets behind an admittedly well-designed screen at the west end. This will involve moving the font, which has been moved before and does not stand in its original place.
I would prefer the church to remain as it is but it seems the current trend is to widen church usage by installing amenities.
Bests, Gill


Added: February 12, 2012
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Lionel - just found your great website today with some lovely photos of Holy Trinity, Rothwell. This is a cheeky begging question for yourself and one of your previous guests, C B Newham. We were just given the go ahead last night from the PCC to work up some marketing materials and more accessible information for HT and the ossuary. As you and C B Newham have visited so many churches I was wondering how many other triple piscinas you may have come across. I've found images of Brecon Cathedral from a Google search but none others - it would be nice to be able let our visitors know where else they might see another.

Admin reply: Sara, Thank you for your kind comments. No, I have come across no other triple drain piscina. I searched all my fairly extensive church architecture library but nobody (including the erudite Pevsner who "saw them all";)mentions the one at Rothwell, let alone a similar one! I will be keeping my eyes open from now on, though!


Added: February 7, 2012
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I found your website yesterday and was so entranced I spent a couple of hours scrolling through the whole gazeteer. I have a great interest in the romanesque period and enjoy searching 'The Corpus of Romanesque Sculpture in Britain and Ireland.' Sadly their section on Devon is not yet entered. I have been working on the iconography of the famous baptismal font at St Marys, Luppitt in the Blackdown Hills and I feel that some of the discoveries I have made may explain some of the questions you raise, such as why is one of the Eardisley warriors holding a 'rope?' And why were so many old fonts rediscovered in the C19 buried or put to inappropriate uses? I would like to forward this draft paper to you -Can you tell me how to do this?

Admin reply: John, Thank you for your kind words - and I would love to see your paper. I will forward details via conventional email.


Added: February 5, 2012
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nice work keep it up! :)

Added: January 5, 2012
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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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