Sir Walter Raleigh in Dorset Part 2: The Quiet Country Church

Sir Walter Raleigh in Dorset Part 2: The Quiet Country Church

Lillington Church near Sherborne Dedicated to St Martin of Tours It was on the 1st November 1593 that Sir Walter Raleigh and his family would have ridden out from Old Sherborne Castle and travelled 3.5 miles east towards the small village of Lillington. As to why...
Funeral Hatchments at Crowcombe Church

Funeral Hatchments at Crowcombe Church

I recently visited the Holy Ghost Parish Church at Crowcombe in The Quantock Hills, Somerset. The Carew Chapel contains some fine hatchments. Besides church architecture the fixtures and fixings provide us with clues to social history. Human social history evolves and...
Earls Colne Church: Morality & Punishment in the Elizabethan Parish

Earls Colne Church: Morality & Punishment in the Elizabethan Parish

Earls Colne, Parish Church of St Andrew, Essex A fascinating repository of parish records for the village of Earls Colne has been put together by a team at the University of Cambridge. The project that created the database ran from 1972 until 2002. The database...
Exeter Cathedral Nativity Statues

Exeter Cathedral Nativity Statues

In the porch of the exit (west end) of Exeter Cathedral are statues representing the Nativity. It is difficult to photograph as the space is confined and there are 2 scenes, one on top of the other. The upper scene appears to be of Mary cradling Jesus, with the...
Devon Marble – Petitor Quarries and Beyond

Devon Marble – Petitor Quarries and Beyond

The main photo for this post is the beautiful marble-tiled paving of the chancel at All Saints Church, Babbacombe in Devon. It is made up of coloured Devon Marble varieties from the Petitor beds – a form of limestone that can be polished for a marble effect (not a...