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Buckden [Apr. 22nd, 2019|09:03 am]
Tony Grist
We needed to fiddle with the sat-nav and there was a steeple coming up on the left so we pulled off the A1 into a town that turned out to be Buckden.

Which is in the county that used to be Huntingdonshire but has since been absorbed into Cambridgeshire. Simon Jenkins- who is my guide in the matter of splendid churches- says the locals still think of it as Huntingdonshire so he does too- and gives the ghostly county its own section in his book. The bashing about of our historic counties- undertaken in the 1970s for the convenience of administrators- was an act of cultural vandalism I would love to see reversed.

Anyway, Buckden is beautiful.

The bishops of Lincoln had a palace there and the parish church benefited accordingly. Jenkins gives it one star out of a possible five- which seems a little parsimonious. Perhaps the sun wasn't shining when he made his visit.

I turned up ten minutes before the start of a Good Friday service and my style was cramped by my moves being watched and timed. I should have liked to have taken multiple photographs of the elongated musician angels in the roof- but didn't feel the vicar and gathering congregation would have loved me if I did.

This very angry little person is situated on the right hand side of the magnificent south porch.

The bishops palace is now a Roman Catholic retreat house. The two buildings- Tudor brick and late medieval stone- look very well together.


[User Picture]From: puddleshark
2019-04-22 12:44 pm (UTC)
Lovely church! And I do love Tudor brickwork. It's quite a fortified looking bishop's palace - the local clergy must have been a troublesome lot.

I'm never brave enough to photograph churches when there are parishioners around, even if there's no service going on.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2019-04-22 03:58 pm (UTC)
Churchgoers are a nuisance, aren't they!
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[User Picture]From: davesmusictank
2019-04-22 01:48 pm (UTC)
Lovely, so picturesque.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2019-04-22 04:02 pm (UTC)
Why had nobody told me this place existed?

The village looked pretty too but I didn't have time to really explore.
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[User Picture]From: pondhopper
2019-04-22 02:21 pm (UTC)

That last photo is a magnificent study in contrasts!
I find it hard to photograph anything with services threatening to begin although I have pushed that limit now and then. But not often.

I wonder what the angry figure represenrs. Any ideas?

What a lovely place indeed!

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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2019-04-22 04:06 pm (UTC)
The vicar was welcoming but I didn't want to try his patience too far.

I've puzzled over the angry person. It seems to have wings behind its head- or is it a hairstyle? I incline to the view that it's female- a harpy perhaps?
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[User Picture]From: pondhopper
2019-04-22 09:17 pm (UTC)
It looks more like hair to me than wings but it is quite deteriorated. A harpy is a good guess, though.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2019-04-23 07:27 am (UTC)
The corbel on the other side of the door was even more badly eroded- so much so that I didn't take its picture. I wish I had now; there might have been clues.
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