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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.

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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.


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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.

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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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I enjoyed your site immensely thank you. Could there be an excursion in your itinerary to Staffordshire perhaps in the future?

Admin reply: Thanks. Staffordshire? Another hole in my coverage, I admit. I'll try to get there shortly. regards Lionel


Added: March 8, 2017
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What an interesting site you have developed. I found it when browsing for Brixworth Church, mentioned in a David Starkey programme. However, have you something against Berkshire or have you not yet visited here? I am exploring old Berkshire churches and have visited some gems, so am disappointed you have none on your site.

Admin reply: Thanks, Pam. No, I've nothing against Berkshire! Unfortunately it's a bit far from here for a day-trip and it's not an obvious holiday destination. However, I am spending a few days in the county in June. So watch this space. regards Lionel


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Great Church in Garway with Welsh and Arabic influences. :!devil:

Admin reply: Yes, one of my all time favourites. Lionel


Added: February 3, 2017
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There are some impressive carvings inside the Cold Overton's church. The best being inside the porch where everyone doesn't look up. These are contemporary with the tower.

Admin reply: I have to admit my interior pictures were poor. I'll have to return! regards Lionel


Added: January 18, 2017
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I have recently come across 'Hidden Histories' by Mary-Ann Ochota, in which your wonderful website gets an acknowledgement. Your site is brilliant,and you are clearly very much a man after my own heart. My partner and I visit churches wherever we go, often but not always prompted by the sainted Simon Jenkins! (How could he have left out that lovely church in Wareham?) We are just back from spending Christmas in Dorset, and thus so enjoyed reading all you have to say about Studland.
I agree with almost all you say (especially the bit about access!) and your site has already suggested two undiscovered churches on my doorstep - Dinton and Stone. I do hope you continue to add to the site for many years to come.
Best wishes

Admin reply: Alison

Thank you so much for your very kind words. Access is a growing issue and I do recommend the "Keyholder" app that I mention on my website (and with which, incidentally, I have no personal connection). It costs a modest subscription but it can help to avoid abortive visits. It's designed for mobile devices rather than computers, however, so check compatibility first. You mention some great churches. Dorset is just great for churches all round and Dinton and Stone in Bucks have stunning treasures, don't they? regards Lionel


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Grant to Geoffrey de la Mare, and his heirs, a weekly market on Tuesday at their Manor of Thurleby by Brune Co. Lincoln, and of a yearly fair there on the feast and Morrow St. Firmin. by p.s.

Edwards II, Nov. 18,1318, Calendar of Charter Rolls, Membrane 16- continue, York 58.


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