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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..."


[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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