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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: 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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