Monday, February 23, 2009

Churches in England - Part 2

On July 20, 2006 (wow, that’s almost three years ago), after my sister and I received directions on how to reach the small villages of many of our ancestors, we spent the morning traveling from one village church to the next one.

None of them looked the same. The first one we stopped at was the St. Faith Church at Horseham.

The next stop was at All Saints church in Horstead.

Next, we drove to the small village of Coltishall to see the thatched village church of St. John.

We then stopped at The Church of St.Mary, The Virgin at Wroxham. As usual, the stained glass windows were beautiful. The church is mostly of the 15th century, in Perpendicular style. There is a western tower, nave, south porch, north and south aisles, chancel and north vestry.

When we stopped to look at the church at Salhouse, we only wandered around the outside, because there was a funeral.
I always wanted to see the tiny village of Little Plumstead where my great-grandmother Jex was from, but I was disappointed that we could find no old church. In Woodbastwich we saw many houses with thatch roofs, and The Parish Church of St Fabian L& St Sebastian.
We then went to the Wymondham Abbey and cemetery. They built the West Tower in 1447 and the Central Tower in 1409. The church has ten bells. We didn’t go inside the church, because they were having church services, but I took a few pictures from the doorway.

The day isn't over, but this is getting long so I'll do the rest another day.


Thursday, February 19, 2009

English Cathedrals and Churches - Part 1

By C. LaRene Hall

Today I’m telling you about some of the cathedrals and churches we saw while in England.

Never before had I seen a building as magnificent as the Durham Cathedral. They built it in 1093 and it’s huge. Inside was more beautiful than any of you can imagine. I had no idea that this was just the beginning of many more breathtaking churches that we would be seeing while in England.

Just next door, in the Durham Castle were two small churches. They built the Normal chapel around 1078 and the larger Tunstall chapel several years later in 1540. They didn't allow you to take pictures inside.

My sister and I visited many out of the way places. We were traveling the paths our ancestors before us had been. In the village of Scrooby, in Nottinghamshire, we found a church built about 1380, called St. Wilfred. It was a simple church built with limestone, and was the most prominent building in Scrooby. The steeple is octagonal on a square tower base. I was surprised to see that most of the churches in England have a graveyard.

One mile north of Scrooby, in Austerfield, they built the St. Helena’s church in 1080. We learned that at the church font about 1589, they baptized the famous pilgrim, William Bradford. Above the door in the church's south porch is a dragon carved about nine hundred years ago.

[I'll keep trying to post the picture here, but so far, no such luck]

The next church we stopped at was the Saint Mary’s Church in Granthan.

That's all for today.

Playing Tag

As a child our entire neighborhood would congregate outside every summer evening to play tag. You couldn't get us inside until long after dark. I'm not sure this tag game holds as much appeal, but I'll give it a shot.

Joyce Dipastena tagged me to tell 25 random things about myself. I doubt anyone out there really wants to know that much about me, but I'll be a good sport and give it a try.

1. I hate my December birthday.
2. I think I have gypsy blood because we moved about seventeen times before I was in the fifth grade.
3. I learned to play the violin when I was in the third grade.
4. When I was in a ninth grade play I had to kiss a creepy guy.
5. It was fun being in the school orchestra because we were allowed to miss school and ride the bus to other schools to perform.
6. That was the only time I enjoyed performing. It seemed I was always called on to play at church, or school, or weddings.
7. I use to be a good hula dancer.
8. In high school my boy friend and I usually spent our date nights dancing on roller skates.
9. To me ice skating was difficult and something I didn't enjoy.
10. My one regret - I wish I had been a dance teacher. I love ballet, and tap dancing, and all types of ballroom dancing. Square dancing and line dancing are also fun.
11. I married a man who hates to dance.
12. I use to babysit for twenty-five cents an hour.
13. Because I attended the same junior high and senior high school that my mother did I had some of the same teachers she had.
14. In the third grade I was the most beautiful Christmas tree you have ever seen.
15. I love parties.
16. I collect fairies. My collection includes a fountain, books, movies, dolls, mirrors, pens, windchimes, and lots of figurines.
17. It's fun to explore light houses. I have several minature ones scattered around my house.
18. Pirates fascinate me.
19. If I were wealthy I'd attend the symphony, theater or ballet every Saturday evening.
20. I wish I had the money to travel this beautiful world.
21. The fartherest I've been away from home is Scotland.
22. I enjoy studying history - the people, their customs, and the way they lived.
23. I love reading.
24. I love writing.
25. I love chocolate.

Now I'm supposed to tag 25 other people. That seems like a lot, so I'll cut that down some and tag my new critique group - Amanda Page, Aneaka Richins, Daron Fraley, De Tolley, Holly Horton, Janice Sperry, Jeanne Mendenhall, Karen Mittan, and Wendy Elliott.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Glasgow, Scotland

I know I promised to post some pictures and tell a little bit about the churches we saw in Europe. I'm not sure if these pictures are going to work, because this computer works different than the one I use to have. So this is only going to be a test to see if I can finally begin this project again.

After arriving in Scotland, the first place we wanted to see was the oldest building in Glasgow, the 13th century medieval Cathedral. The architecture was elaborate and the stained glass was beautiful. I had never seen anything like it before.