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Supplementary [Jan. 15th, 2016|03:28 pm]
Tony Grist
A couple of pictures of the exterior of St Peter and St Paul, Chaldon. Not an outstanding building, as you can see- but old; there was a church here in Saxon times- and some of the fabric you're seeing may go back that far. The Victorians stuck the funny little spire on. They liked spires- and so do I. The Pilgrims Way runs nearby.

And Croydon is just up the road.






The building at the back- which looks medieval- is a sort of parish hall- and was hosting a preschool nursery group while I was there. The  group is called Twiglets.

The church has a reputation for being haunted, but I can't run any specific stories to earth. Put "haunted Chaldon" in your search engine and sooner or later you'll stumble on a photo which seems to show a little grey man either leaning or sitting on a gravestone. As ghost photos go it's one of the better ones.

This unusual tablet- dated 1563- is in the South chapel. It seems not to be a funerary monument but simply an injunction to good works. The text begins "Good redar warne all man and women who.....here to be ever good to the poore and nedy..."

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[User Picture]From: puddleshark
2016-01-15 06:20 pm (UTC)
I love that tablet! Who could fail to heed such a neatly carved injunction?

But that spire... is just plain wrong. Are you sure it was the work of the Victorians? It looks more like the work of aliens. Or the architect who designed Poundbury.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2016-01-15 07:38 pm (UTC)
There was a small medieval belfry. It was enlarged and had a spire stuck on top of it in 1843.
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[User Picture]From: ideealisme
2016-01-15 08:28 pm (UTC)
I love your church pictures. And feel a sadness at a life and tradition that is fading away gently like autumn leaves on a tree.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2016-01-15 09:16 pm (UTC)
I love churches, They're the places you go to get a sense of the history and ethos of any community.
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[User Picture]From: sorenr
2016-01-17 02:54 pm (UTC)
I like that church a lot. Don't get me wrong; I love a nice, orderly baroque church as much as anybody, but there's just a certain charm to the rather higgledy-piggledy structure of some of the old churches that have had bits added on and on and on to them over the centuries. (Also, I quite like that spire. It adds interest to the side view, which would otherwise not be as complex as the gable view.)
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2016-01-24 04:20 pm (UTC)
The spire doesn't offend me. It adds a vertical element to the composition which- as a photographer- I'm pleased to have.
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[User Picture]From: sorenr
2016-01-24 05:00 pm (UTC)
Or even just as a casual observer without camera. I like the mix.

The local church in the village near my new house has had a spire added to it in the late 1694, though I'm not sure it's as successful.

Øster Ulslev village church

(The main church is from around 1200, and the choir is either from the same date or up to a century younger.)

Yes... You've inspired me to drive around and look at medieval churches. There are worse habits a guy could pick up on the internet, right?
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