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Three quick points: -
1. There is a new edition out of Thurlby's book.
2. Mike Salter has written several guides entitled 'The Old Churches of .....' to most Midland counties and a number beyond. Handy and cheap paperbacks, fit easily into pocket or glovebox.
3. Simon Knott's websites, the original being 'Simon's Suffolk Churches' are particularly useful to East Anglia.

If you e-mail me, I'll send you copies of what many be one or two useful East Anglian articles.


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Regarding the Luppit Font and the disembodied head.
Great pics, I've seen it in cold stone and yours photos are better than the real thing.
My comments
1) people are not generally murdered after the removal of a head.
2) the two men may be holding shields, but they are not that shield like.
3) the same two men are probably holding identical tools, but the one over the head has somehow lost its rounded top.
Look at the left hand shield it too has its top.

So now its two men both with 'nails. My guess lacks sufficient supporting evidence but I suspect they are masons building the tower over brans head.

Admin reply: Luppitt font is a real mystery, isn't it? In some ways I prefer it that way!


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Just found the site whilst looking for info on Norfolk and Lincs churches, Norman and Saxon fonts. Wish I had located the site much sooner. Very impressed, very useful. Many thanks.

Admin reply: Thanks, Peter. Glad to have been of help. regards Lionel


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Newly retired and embarking upon a journey of exploration and discovery visiting cathedrals, minsters, abbeys and 'humble' parish churches. A wanderer lost I found your website and now regard it as valuable as my GPS.

Admin reply: Thank you for your kind words, Dennis. regards Lionel


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I have been visiting Anglo-Saxon churches whenever I can and have been to a lot in the past year. I find your website absolutely invaluable and ALWAYS consult it before I visit a church. Your combination of commentary and labelled photos makes life so easy! What a labour of love! I've just looked up Deerhurst ready for a visit and have recently been to Repton, Stow in Lindsey, Brixworth, Wing and Brigstock. Thank you very much for sharing your expertise and experiences :D

Admin reply: You are very welcome, Jenny. I am so glad you are finding the site useful.


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We visited Brixworth yesterday and read your descriptions after we had read the PCC guide books. The latter are very detailed but your website is invaluable in setting Brixworth in a wider context. Although the PCC is suitably evenhanded in discussing the evidence for a previous monastery on the Brixworth site your comparisons with other surviving Saxon churches make a convincing case for there being something more than a local church at Brixworth. Thank you so much for your website which helped us better to appreciate this wonderful church.

Admin reply: Hi Sylvia. I don't think there can me much doubt about Brixworth's being a monastic foundation. All of the now-disappeared porticuses (portici?) point to a number of clergy at the site. We're not, of course, talking of monasteries as we would understand them today - I don't think there would be the cloisters, chapter houses and so on, ruins of which we see throughout the country. The scale of Brixworth is extraordinary for the Anglo-Saxon era when building in stone was unusual even for churches. A book I have suggests the possibility that the legendary figure of St Wilfrid (see Hexham in Nothumberland) inspired it. Wilfrid was widely-travelled and a passionate advocate of the Roman style in all things. Brixworth is a prime example of a Romanesque basilica.


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Using Jenkins book, I decided to walk from Barfreston to Wingham then Patrixbourne yesterday, a hot day.
Fatigued I didn't get to the last one, so looked it up on the net, and you popped up.
Found the photos very detailed, descriptions interesting and your take on the churches very readable.
I read a couple of others, then picked on Little Snoring, (why wouldn't you with a name like that!). But your family biography there I found fascinating, my Dad was much the same, a survivor who spoke little of his experiences, and I foolishly didn't ask.
One of my favourites is Wreay, which I see rung your bell too. I attended a service of about 20 or so, and on completion, chatted to the couple in the pew ahead about the football match at Carlisle the previous day, which was the other reason I was there.The 92 now completed.
Keep up the good work

Admin reply: You've visited all 92 league grounds? Then you know what labours of love are all about. You have good taste in churches too. Kind regards Lionel


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What an excellent resource. Thank you!

Admin reply: Always lovely to hear from the USA, Jamara. Thank you for your kindness. Lionel


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Just found this site while looking for info on a church Im about to go to a concert in. Will be back... Thanks very much - most useful. You must be a most dedicated church visitor!

Admin reply: Thank you, Susan. Yes, I do love my churches. I haven't done much of a service to Notts churches to date, but look out for Hawton and Sibthorpe soon. Hawton is just splendid...regards Lionel


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