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Hi,
What a great site- thank you. So much of our social history is visible in Our old churches and I have always loved spending time scurinising them so thank you for your readable and humorous insights!

Admin reply: Thank you, Jon. Much appreciated.


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Very interesting and informative, with good illustrations.

Admin reply: Thank you, Elizabeth.


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Admin reply: You are very welcome, Amy. Thank you for your kind comments.


Added: October 1, 2016
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Loved your mention of Heath Chapel as this is my favourite Shropshire church It is so often overlooked, perhaps because it is so easy to miss it even when looking for it! Long may Saint George keep slaying his dragon.

Admin reply: Hi Catherine. Heath is one of my best-loved churches. Finding it is certainly a trial especially as Simon Jenkins got the directions spectacularly wrong. A lady tractor driver helped us. We couldn''t see it even though we were only 50 metres away!


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What a great website! The text is witty and informative. There is a good range of photographs.

Admin reply: Thanks for your kind words. regards Lionel


Added: September 22, 2016
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Hello, I just stumbled upon your website and I must say how marvellous it is! I'm a fellow church hunter although mainly confined to Oxon, Bucks and a bit of Gloucs unless I'm on holiday. I know I'm going to find your website very helpful on my travels. If you're interested in more of Oxfordshires churches there's a great book which started me off and which I lug everywhere with me called Oxfordshire's Best Churches by Richard Wheeler.
Best wishes, Charlotte :D

Admin reply: Thanks, Charlotte. Once you get the bug you'll be going farther afield, believe me :o. Regards Lionel


Added: September 11, 2016
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I find your website very useful, thanks for sharing so much of your travels. I suppose I am quite a rarity amongst church crawlers as I'm not quite 30 yet!
Good to see your visit to Hawton, unfortunately I have had absolutely no luck trying to visit, both phone numbers didn't answer!
I know you've said the bigger Abbey Churches and Cathedrals are extensively documented elsewhere, but I actually can't seem to find much of them online. It certainly would be interesting to see your take on such interesting sites as Great Malvern Priory or Gloucester Cathedral.
I've been making my own photographic record of places I visit, I will put them online at some point.

Best wishes,

Mark

Admin reply: Hello, Mark. I think you will find out what you need to know about access to Hawton Church on this website: http://www.friendsofhawtonchurch.org. I arrived on the wrong day (d'oh) but I rang a number on the noticeboard and a lovely lady from one of the adjacent houses let us in. We were just lucky. Believe me, it's well worth the visitit. Can I suggest you also visit nearby Sibthorpe which has another Easter Sepulchre (much smaller) and a massive dovecot which you should not miss. regards Lionel


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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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Added: August 27, 2016
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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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