The Giant and the Sun – The one with the dragon…

The little church of All Saints at Nether Cerne is in the most beautiful and peaceful location imaginable. On our first visit, we drove down the tiny country lane that runs beside the infant River Cerne, expecting to find a village. There are only a couple of cottages, a farm and a beautiful seventeenth century manor house… and a sign saying ‘to the church’ which seemed to point between two tracks leading into the middle of nowhere.

Leaving the car, we took the right-hand track, following it behind the manor’s stables, until we found a gap in the wildflowers through which we could see the church. Feeling rather like naughty children, trespassing where we shouldn’t, we followed the hint of a path into the manor gardens.

The church is tiny and stands opposite the door to the manor. By contrast, its tower is proportionately huge. There are a handful of graves, including a military grave bearing a carving of crossed rifles, and a feeling of utter peace.

All Saints, though remaining a consecrated place of worship, is a retired church. After eight hundred years, the building is at rest, yet it retains a luminous sanctity and tranquillity matched by few others we have seen. It is a place that simply needs to be felt.

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About Sue Vincent

Sue Vincent is a Yorkshire-born writer and one of the Directors of The Silent Eye, a modern Mystery School. She has written a number of books, both alone and with Stuart France, exploring ancient myths, the mysterious landscape of Albion and the inner journey of the soul. She is owned by a small dog who also blogs. Follow her at scvincent.com and on Twitter @SCVincent Find her books on Goodreads and follow her on Amazon worldwide to find out about new releases and offers. Email: findme@scvincent.com
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8 Responses to The Giant and the Sun – The one with the dragon…

  1. jenanita01 says:

    Such a lovely peaceful place…

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  3. Anne Copeland says:

    I want to thank all of you so much for this journey especially. This is one of my favorite ones of all the ones we have visited thus far. I tend to love small best, and this is definitely that. But there is something so strong and so sacred about things that everyone else might tend to overlook. I remember that I used to pick up things out on my walks, and they were the smallest things imaginable, but to me they were really special. I had a basket that hung on the fence, and I called it my living art basket. Each time I would find a piece of china that had been broken for some reason on the beach, or a special rock, or even a dried seed pod – any of which I did not know the name became “neatseeds became another piece to be rearranged in the basket. I think of these churches in my mind the same way. They look one way when I see them, but I rearrange my thoughts about them as the days go by, and so they too are my living art lessons. It is good because it is so much more than just the physical beauty and the history and/or archaeology. These structures will live in my heart forever.

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