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The owners of Shap Chippy 9 miles up the road from Tebay informed us that you had put information about St James Church, Tebay in your selection of great English churches. Well none of us saw you there to welcome you but your article and photographs are wonderful. Thank you so much for "putting us on the map". If you call again please come on a Monday morning and you are welcome to join us for coffee in the Hub 10 - 12 am

Admin reply: Thank you so much for this message, Rosemary. Diana and I own a holiday lodge near Selside so we are often in the area, hence our visit to Tebay Church. I'm so glad that you feel your church now has some exposure because I like the relatively unknown churches best of all. We might well look in some time! Kind regards Lionel


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I just got back from visiting Little Barford church - I echo all you say about how hard it is to find the way in (it was my 3rd or 4th attempt over several years)!

The Kempe window doesn't have a wheat sheaf because he only started doing that relatively late in his career.

More interesting to me is the Arts & Crafts window in the north aisle, about which I can find nothing online...

Steve

Admin reply: Hi Steve, Yes, I realised recently that the Kempe emblem was not used initially. It also changed over time, apparently. Regards Lionel


Added: July 8, 2017
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Admin reply: Thank you, Barbara. I'm looking forward to mpooing up a few I've missed within the next year. Kind regards Lionel


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The dedication of this church is St Mary.

Admin reply: Could you tell me which church you are referring to...?


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Admin reply: Thank you for your kind words. Lionel


Added: June 2, 2017
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Re: Bredwardine Church which I found very interesting as a native of Bredwardine. In addition to your information the church was originally built during the early 500's and for many years with the altar at the wrong end of the church facing the hill this was rectified several hundred years later. It also played a part in the escape of Lady Maud of Hay from the Welsh as there was a tunnel leading from the Castle to the Church which came out at the * * * door.Lady Maud kept her herd of white cattle in the fields in front of the Church and was one of the first cattle breeders in the country. The tunnel was filled in in the 1960's by my father for safety reasons to stop the children crawling along it. The tunnel was also used by George Jarvis to enter the Church when he was living rough in the village before he left for London to make his fortune.He later became the local Benefactor. Hope you find this interesting.

Admin reply: That is absolutely fascinating, Julia! On the issue of the church facing the "wrong" way, it is worth knowing that this would not have been regarded as "wrong" at that time. It is known that the majority of early churches in Italy, for example, also had their altars facing west. The logic was simply that the priest himself (it would have been a "he" back then!)was facing east and the resurrection. Kind regards Lionel


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My wife and I will be traveling in England soon, and one of the main goals is visiting the type of fascinating smaller churches emphasized on your web site.
I've found your photos and descriptions uniquely valuable in determining priorities for churches to visit and experience.
Many thanks for all your dedicated efforts! Your web site is truly a treasure.

Gary

Admin reply: Thanks so much, Gary. It's always a pleasure to hear from the US of A.


Added: May 25, 2017
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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.

Admin reply: Yes, I have to say it is suffering the ravages of time. I don't envy the churchwardens - indeed, of churchwardens everywhere - in raising the necessary funds.


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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


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