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I came across your excellent website while trying to research some images I had found in a little church in Riviere, near Chinon in the Loire Valley. The carvings on the piscina at Garvey were strangely reminiscent of some from this church at Riviere which dates from 11th century. In particular, the cup with wings, something I am still puzzled about.
The floor of the church in Riviere also had similar simple carvings of animals - Griffin, phoenix, etc. and a rather spectacular one of a ? crusading knight on horseback, studded with small metal studs and tiny polished pebbles. I would be happy to send you photos if you wish.

Admin reply: Kate, thank you so much for your message. I would love to see your pictures and I will send you my email address. One of the Templar websites I have seen has said of the piscina carving: "A grail or chalice with wings with a cross in the centre (similar to many Templar gravestones)". It could, therefore, be that your church was part of or close to a Knights Templar preceptory. I don't know how well-researched Templar sites are in France but in the UK, of course, there is considerable interest and much research has been done on the few remnants we have left here.


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Thanks for pointing us to your site. Nice to meet you on Friday. If you come across any inspiring Green Men please tell us.

Will be putting some of our new Green Men pics on our website soon:

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Liz was brought up in Battle, Sussex, where the very early (earliest?) Norman church of St Mary the Virgin was our local - a beautiful and fascinating church where we were always shown the marks where crusaders blunted their swords on returning home.

Admin reply: Thanks for your kind words. We are on a week-long Church Crawl in Kent and Sussex this Summer so might well add it to our (ridiculously long!) list of places to visit!


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Love the website. We found it while trying to track down more details of the charming carving at St Leonards Church, Ribbesford (St Bruce killing the Duckbill Platypus?)
Hope to explore more.


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I found the website of Great English Churches very interesting, its a pity some people have to steal from them, we at St. John's Ryhall have just had our grating outside the main porch door stolen, what a shame as it has been there for years

Admin reply: Hello, Win. Thanks for your comments. I didn't know about the vandalism at Ryhall. How sad and totally pointless :!mad:


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Just one minor correction, Lionel. Ryhall Church's dedication is St John the Evangelist, not St John the Baptist.

Admin reply: Sorry, Paddy. I do tend to mix up my Johns! I'll correct it. Thanks for pointing it out.


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An amazing website. Particular thanks for the detailed description of Ryhall and Essendine churches. I'll certainly recommend these to our parishioners. Would you like to complete the set of our Benefice by having a look at Carlby St Stephen?

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Admin reply: Tim. Thanks for a lovely talk last night. It was right up our street, and I was jealous of the photography! We will be visiting some of the churches in the leaflets. I will also be adding a link from my website to yours. If you like mine it would be great if you could link to it - but I understand if you can't. regards Lionel


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