On our way back from Mow Cop we stopped at Astbury. The bellringers were at it like a poltergeist among the fire irons.
The church is really odd- with a tall spire that seems to have come adrift from the main building. There's a collection of wonderfully grotesque medieval gargoyles, a 1000 year old yew tree and- very unusual- a set of high-status medieval tombs that have been erected outside, in the churchyard and are now more or less reduced to featureless lumps.
Look at the grin on that gargoyle. I love it. I should dig up the gargoyle pictures I´ve photographed around Spain and Europe.
It IS odd about the higher status tombs outside the church. Perhaps they ran out of space inside? That the carved figures are reduced to featureless lumps strikes me as fitting, though. We spend a good bit of time poking around church graveyards when we´re in England, especially in the villages. St. James (I *think* it´s St James) in Avebury has a good one although there are still many modern burials done there which makes for quite a contrast.