We arrived at Patrixbourne at 10.30 am on a Sunday morning in June 2011. It was locked but we had only to wait for the churchwardens to open up for the traditional 11.00 service. Feeling rather “in the way” as church was prepared for the service, we hurried somewhat and that accounts for the dearth of interior pictures here - although, there is little of real note within.
I knew it would happen one day, however....
We were aware as we took photographs that one of the churchwardens was a little agitated. I put this down to our having politely declined the offer to join the congregation for the morning. As we left, however, she hurried after us and demanded to know whether we were taking photographs for “commercial” reasons, in which case she felt that their cash-strapped church deserved a commercial-sized donation. I suppose that with our two cameras, a long zoom lens and having left a handful of “business” cards for this website with its “...co.uk” suffix it must have looked for all the world as if we there in order to write a book or make a TV program or something of that nature.
I am not sure if she believed me, but if she ever reads this she can rest assured (as can all other readers) that this site is a labour of love from which I have never received a penny of income. Far from it, I spend inordinate amounts of my spare time on what I see as an advertisement for the English Parish Church - surely the biggest and best free show on earth?
Please visit these churches - and Patrixbourne is worth travelling to see - make a small donation, buy the Church Guides on offer and maybe even a postcard or tea towel or two and help these good people in their wearisome and endless task of maintaining these incredible historic buildings with no state support.