November 2008: A selection of Statues and Memorials under the theme ‘We will remember them’. As many of our members have requested War Memorials this month we thought we would include some of the lesser known monuments to add interest for all members.
October 2008: We changed the Spotlight due to members wishing to send our team to All Saints Church Holbeach. And indeed we have a few of their family names that we did find.
September 2008: the redundant church of Theddlethorpe All Saints in Lincolnshire England. Church records list the first Priest in 1231. Some brickwork remains from the 14th century, it has traces of Norman work, 16th century Screens, a Jacobean Font Cover and a 17th century Pulpit, removed from the Church at Skidbrook and a Georgian Alter and Communion Rail. In the past known as The Cathedral of the Marsh it was described by Pevsner as ‘The richest of churches in the marshland area’ Seating around 150 people and room for more standing, it would have been an impressive sight. The population in this area circa 1800 was around 400 and in 1880 was 750. It is now maintained by The Redundant Churches Trust and sitting in a copse of trees is now surounded by fields on all sides.
August 2008: Nunhead Cemetery. Consecrated in 1840 it is one of the seven Great Victorian Cemeteries and the second largest. It is situated on 52 acres on the outskirts of South London in the Borough of Southwark. An Anglican Chapel with sweeping avenues and Gothic tombs line the way and dense wooded areas are on either side. Part of the Cemetery is now a nature reserve and its fine avenues are used by visitors, walkers and joggers. As with most cemeteries it has various sections, new and old, where hugh monuments soar up through the undergrowth of bygone Victorian planting, making it dangerous to delve into. An on-going project to restore this cemetery, making safe areas, new planting and woodland managment is well underway. A Cemetery well worth a visit, but stay in the public areas!
July 2008: St Botolph's, Boston, Lincolnshire - locally know as the Boston Stump - home port where the famous Boston Pilgrims left on the Mayflower for their voyage to the New World.
Next month's Spotlight
Will be Spotlight on Stamford Churches in Lincolnshire
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