Another Sunday, another church

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Oct 142018

St Oswald’s Church is in Ravenstonedale, Cumbria. It is an active Anglican parish church in the deanery of Appleby, the archdeaconry of Carlisle, and the diocese of Carlisle. Its benefice is united with those of All Saints, Orton, and St James, Tebay. The church is recorded in the National Heritage List for England as a designated Grade I listed building.

The church is constructed in rubble stone with rusticated quoins, and has slate roofs. Its plan consists of an eight-bay nave with north and south porches, a short chancel, and a west tower. The tower is in three stages with a west doorway. There are bell openings on the north and south sides. The parapet is embattled. Along the sides of the church are eight windows with semicircular heads and projecting keystones. At the east end are two windows.

In the churchyard to the south of the church is the stump of a cross-shaft and base which possibly date from before the Norman conquest. Fastened to the top of the cross-shaft is a brass sundial plate dated 1700. The whole structure has been listed at Grade II. To the north of the church are the ruined foundations of the east range of the former cloister of the Gilbertine Ravenstonedale Priory dating from the 13th or 14th century. This is designated as a scheduled monument.

A shot from oiur recent Boys’ Weekend.

Another Sunday, another church

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Sep 232018

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St. Michael, South Elmham, Suffolk.

The village of South Elmham is one of only two Thankful Village in Suffolk.

Thankful Villages are settlements in England and Wales from which all their members of the armed forces survived World War I. The term Thankful Village was popularised by the writer Arthur Mee in the 1930s. In Enchanted Land (1936), the introductory volume to The King’s England series of guides, he wrote that a Thankful Village was one which had lost no men in the Great War because all those who left to serve came home again. His initial list identified 32 villages.

St Michael’s is the most easterly of the seven South Elmham parishes with its church set next to a large village Green that traces its origins back to 1321. The other South Elmham parishes (known collectively as ‘The Saints’) are named All Saints, St Cross, St James, St Margaret, St Nicholas and St Peter. To further complicate matters the village of Homersfield is locally referred to as South Elmham St Mary. The origin of the name Elmham is attributed by some to Aethelmaer, the Saxon Bishop of East Anglia prior to the Norman Conquest. Others believe that the name derives from the elm trees that grew here in abundance right up until the ravages of Dutch elm disease in the 1970s.

A shot from July 2013.