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Taking stock…

I was obliged to go into town. This is never a good thing and I had put it off as long as I could, but my son had errands for me and it could not be delayed any longer. Reluctantly, … Continue reading

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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

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Time travelling: St Wystan’s

We finally made it through the outer door of St Wystan’s church in Repton…and stopped. Two huge columns flank the inner door and, scattered around the porch are fragments of ancient masonry. carved medieval grave slabs and Saxon crosses. It … Continue reading

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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

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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

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A Dorset Weekend With The Silent Eye – Part Three ~ Helen Jones

Helen Jones continues her account of The Silent Eye’s weekend in Dorset… Journey To Ambeth This is part three of my account of a recent weekend in Dorset with The Silent Eye. Click here for Part 1 & Part 2. … Continue reading

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St Gregory’s Minster ~ James Elkington

Reblogged from Mountains, Myths and Moorlands: Map Ref: SE8667594943 From Pickering in North Yorkshire, take the A170 towards Helmsley. Go through the market town of Kirkbymoorside, and after a mile or so you will see a road marked ‘Kirkdale’. Take this … Continue reading

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The Giant and the Sun – Accident or Design

Although the hexagram was the main ‘pattern in the landscape’ that we had come to investigate… with a little help from the Giant on the hillside… there was another pattern that had been intriguing our companions… that of the crop … Continue reading

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The Giant and the Sun – The one in the garden…

On our research visit to Dorset, we had really had to look for the Church of St Mary the Virgin at Hermitage. We had driven up and down the lanes for ages, before finally spotting a sign that led behind … Continue reading

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

Our penultimate church was in Batcombe… these days a small and straggling hamlet, seemingly in the middle of nowhere. There has been a church on the site of St Mary Magdalene for nigh a thousand years and very possibly more. … Continue reading

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