The Church of St John the Baptist, Burford, is one of the largest in Oxfordshire, yet hidden away from the throngs of tourists swarming around this ancient Saxon-Medieval town. Here are the most interesting facts about it: 1. The church was built in the 12th Century and expanded during the 14th and 15th Centuries as … Continue reading History Facts: #5 Transepts, Tombs and Turret Clocks
Driving from our home to Uffington, inspired by a blue sky and winter sun, we had every intention of a walk up the White Horse Hill of Neolithic fort fame. However we got sidetracked by noticing for the first time, despite our many trips down this road, a rather splendid looking church in perfect cruciform … Continue reading History Facts: #2 This church is older than it looks!
I’m often saddened that our Saxon churches haven’t survived through the centuries, but it’s not so surprising considering that many were either built from wood, or that after 1066 the Norman invaders thought them too simple and rebuilt them. However, the closest we have seen to something resembling such a Saxon church is only around … Continue reading History Facts: #1 Saxons, Carols and Thieves.
In my ignorance we visited Upnor Castle in our “usual mode” of being interested in the building and it’s purpose, but unusually for us, without any research into its history or related events. Because of this a bit of a shock was delivered within a few minutes of our arrival! (This is a follow up … Continue reading England gets a bloody nose!
If museums provide a glimpse into the past, then “living museums” are a window into the lives of our ancestors. The Royal Naval Dockyard at Chatham once occupied 400 acres and employed 10,000 skilled craftsmen along the banks of the River Medway in Kent. This is the county of my ancestors flowing back from my … Continue reading The best outdoors museum in England?