Tony Grist (poliphilo) wrote,
Tony Grist

Daffodils, Afternoon Tea, Hatchment

We were driving through East Sussex yesterday and spotted the first daffodils of 2018. They were in a sheltered nook on the roadside verge in the village of Five Ashes.

We had afternoon tea in the little teashop attached to the Post Office in Glynde. It's a place we've visited a couple of times before. This time we avoided being shouted at by angry residents by parking in the car park down by the river instead of opposite the Post Office in front of their houses.

I didn't think there were still medieval churches in that corner of the world that I hadn't visited, or roads we hadn't gone down- but I was wrong. The church at Ripe was locked but the tiny church at Chalvington was open.

Hatchments are armorial paintings that were displayed outside the homes of the rich when a family member died and afterwards transferred to the parish church. This one at Chalvington commemorates Ann Fuller who died in 1835

Ann Fuller was the daughter of George Augustus Eliott- the commander of British forces during the siege of Gibraltar (1779-83). The Eliott arms are on the right side of the hatchment. The castle, key and motto- "Plus Ultra"- commemorate the siege. Plus Ultra- meaning- there is more- is a motto of the Spanish Royal family- whose forces Elliot defeated.

It also refers to Gibraltar- as this paragraph I've lifted and adapted from Wikipedia explains...

Plus Ultra a reversal of the original phrase Non plus ultra ("Nothing further beyond"). This was said to have been inscribed as a warning on the Pillars of Hercules at the Strait of Gibraltar, which marked the edge of the known world. The Spanish king Charles V adopted the motto following the discovery of the New World by Columbus.
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