Category Archives: historic sites

Time travelling: A place of kings and “holy air…”

“Holy air encased in stone” … that is how Sir John Betjeman described the crypt at Repton, and it was this that we had come to see… we hoped. On a previous visit, the crypt had been locked. This time, … Continue reading

Posted in Ancient sites, archaeology, Churches, historic sites, Photography, Sacred sites, Stuart France and Sue Vincent | Tagged , , , , , , , | 16 Comments

Time travelling: Ivar the Boneless and the Bone-yard…

Repton today is no more than a small Derbyshire village, but once it was the capital of Mercia, one of the most powerful realms of its era. For three hundred years, Mercia encompassed most of what would eventually become the … Continue reading

Posted in Ancient sites, Churches, france and vincent, historic sites, Photography | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 11 Comments

Time travelling: The ghosts of Repton…

After our visit to the wonderful church at Breedon, with its wealth of carved Saxon stonework, it seemed only right to call at Repton, less than ten miles away… and probably much closer in the days when horse and foot … Continue reading

Posted in albion, Ancient sites, Churches, Folk Tale, france and vincent, historic sites, Photography | Tagged , , , , , , , | 13 Comments

Time travelling

Nearly five years ago and with strict instructions from my writing partner about ‘not finding things’ on my way north without him, I had accidentally found Breedon on the Hill and we had been ‘going to’ go there together ever … Continue reading

Posted in albion, Ancient sites, Churches, Don and Wen, England, historic sites, Landscape, Photography, Stuart France and Sue Vincent | Tagged , , , , , | 20 Comments

Ashbourne

Pre-Raphaelite glass sits in walls pitted by Cromwellian gunfire, while a 1950s reredos graces a chancel that dates back to 1241. That’s why I love these old churches… the history of a community is written within their walls in wood … Continue reading

Posted in albion, Ancient sites, Art, Churches, Doomsday: The Ætheling Thing, England, historic sites, Photography, Sacred sites, Spirituality | Tagged , , , , , , | 26 Comments

Flight of fancy

Just a few miles away from my home is the little market town of Thame.  It is an interesting place with some beautiful old architecture. I have seen a fair bit of it this year as I have had to … Continue reading

Posted in Ancient sites, Art, Churches, historic sites, Spirituality | Tagged , , , , , | 30 Comments

Seeking the sacred

All my life I have visited sacred sites when I could, and I have been lucky enough to visit many. Whether ancient church, temple, stone circle or legendary landscape, there is something about these sites that touches a place deep … Continue reading

Posted in albion, Ancestors, ancient mound, Ancient sites, historic sites, History, Spirituality | Tagged , , , | 34 Comments

Swinside…

The track to which we had been directed by the lady on horseback was the one we had already passed, deciding it had to be the right one, but acknowledging that the ‘farm vehicles only’ sign meant that we would … Continue reading

Posted in albion, Ancestors, Ancient sites, archaeology, Don and Wen, france and vincent, historic sites, Moors, Photography, Sacred sites | Tagged , , , , | 24 Comments

A church under wraps II

As we opened the door into St Kentigern’s church, it was fairly obvious we had picked the wrong time to visit. Not only was the sudden and relative warmth of the building steaming up the camera lens like there was … Continue reading

Posted in albion, Art, Churches, Don and Wen, france and vincent, historic sites, Photography, Sacred sites, symbolism, Templars | Tagged , , , , , , | 23 Comments

A church under wraps

After the Full Circle workshop had ended and we had taken our leave from the rest of the party, Stuart, Larissa and I went to visit a local parish church, St Kentigern’s in Crossthwaite. I had wanted to visit the … Continue reading

Posted in Churches, france and vincent, historic sites, Merlin, Photography, Silent Eye weekend workshop, Stuart France and Sue Vincent, symbolism, Templars | Tagged , , , , | 23 Comments