To get away
Much wealth found around this area. Even in the days of long ago this area was inhabited, it was well developed by the time the Romans arrived and later saw the Saxons move in. It is thought a chap named Birnius erected a minster here around the late 600's. This was demolished by the Norman chaps once they took over and in their humble manner they rebuilt the place in solid stone. The church was part of the Augustinian Monastery which began in 1094 and lasted as such until Henry 8 dissolved the monasteries in1539 to find himself an heir. It Typical Norman stone arches stand proud and are always worth a look in my (very) humble opinion.
The 'quire' stalls are decorated with intricate carvings. It was here the monks would worship during compline or matins. Whether the constant construction and reconstruction bothered them I know not. Today I notice the stalls have red cushions on them, I wonder if this was always the case?
Christchurch took this name in the 12th century when the story of the 'miraculous beam' began. Since the dissolution the church has served as a parish church for the area. Just as well this is a wealthy area, the upkeep must be enormous. It must always have cost a fortune to keep the fabric of the building in shape. The number of masons and such like who have worked here must be enormous also. The carvings found here are worth a look. When in such places I cannot help but think of the thousands who have passed through for whatever reason in the past, some leaving their graffiti as they did so, others their memory is found on a tablet folks rich enough have placed on the walls.
Today the vicar is a man who actually knows his God, something unusual amongst Anglicans I can tell you, however he is far from perfect, he is an American! Imagine! The Victorians naturally decided the vicar required a home equated with his status and a red brick house stands at the edge of the grounds. As always I cannot ignore the lovely door, note the beginning of the yellow lines at the bottom of the steps.
What a way to spend Boxing Day, while stayed where she ought to, cooking lunch for our return. What a great woman! The one thing that keeps her inside at such times is the idea of passing by the waterside, especially in a cold wind. She hates that. Such trips ensure a constant supply of fabulous dinners.
2012 ends soon and I will be glad to see the back of the year. Hogmany will hopefully bring a better year tomorrow. I hope so for all our sakes.