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Adrian Fletcher & Sons, with Dom Paradox D.O.C.G.

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IN BRITAIN SEPTEMBER - NOVEMBER 2009

 

Finding interesting new (for us) places, revisiting interesting old places and

tracking down the churches and chapels in England where 7 generations of our ancestors were married

 

Link to Bellatrovata 2011 road trip

 

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Some highlight photos from our September to November 2009 travels to all corners of England are shown below - more comprehensive sets of photos can be seen via the links in this panel.

 

 

1. East South and West of England

 

2. North East of England

 

4. West Midlands

 

3. North West of England

 

ANCESTORS AND WHERE THEY LIVED AND WERE MARRIED IN ENGLAND IN THE 1700s 1800s & 1900s

 

 

 

James Fletcher, Nick Fletcher, Adrian Fletcher

 

Paradox and son Nick (centre) enjoy the excellent rare roast beef washed down with a drop of Fleurie, at their Euro 09 Farewell Sunday Lunch at the Castle Inn, Chiddingstone (Kent), whilst son James finishes on an Italian note with an equally excellent Cannelloni.  Post Code TN8 7AH if you want to use the sat-nav!

 

 

Nick Fletcher & James Fletcher at Chiddingstone

 

 

Castle Inn, Chiddingstone, Kent

 

 

 

A final visit to Romsey Abbey on a beautiful mid-November day to photograph corbels, capitals and a mystery croziered abbess having a whatever ... and, as it turned out, to have a good lunch .....

 

Romsey Abbey

 

Bearding pulling - more of a medieval insult than swording!

 

And the moral is ?

 

LINK TO PARADOXPLACE ROMSEY ABBEY PAGE

 

Owl or Eagle ?

 

New Addition destined to join the abesses and croziers of Paradoxplace - the Romsey Sheela Na Gig

 

LINK TO PARADOXPLACE ROMSEY ABBEY PAGE

 

Thanks to Gaye and John Armstrong, who run the White Horse at Ampfield (near Romsey) for the best "road lunch" we have had on this journey - we have such low expectations of interesting pub food, that not one of our cameras made the trip to the restaurant with us!

 

 

 

 

Some highlight photos from our September to November 2009 travels to all corners of England are shown below - more comprehensive sets of photos can be seen via the links in this panel.

 

 

1. East South and West of England

 

2. North East of England

 

4. West Midlands

 

3. North West of England

 

ANCESTORS AND WHERE THEY LIVED AND WERE MARRIED IN ENGLAND IN THE 1700s 1800s & 1900s

 

 

 

BACK TO THE BEGINNING - MID SEPTEMBER 2009

THE FIRST LEG - HIGHLIGHTS FROM EAST ANGLIA, THE SOUTH AND THE WEST OF ENGLAND

 

LINK TO MORE PHOTOS

 

Barfreston, Canterbury Cathedral, Bodium, Battle, Saint Mary Buriton, Wisborough Green, St Stephens Gloucester Road, V & A, Harleston, All Saints Mendham, St Peter Wenhaston, St Mary Magdalene Old Milton, Romsey Abbey, St Basil Toller Fratum, Emmanuel Church Plymouth, Exeter Cathedral, Sherborne Abbey, Old Church St Pancras, St Bartholomew the Great (London).

 

 

Saint Nicholas, Barfreston, Kent

 

 

Sunday starter - South door of the tiny pilgrim Church of St Nicholas Barfreston, near Canterbury - "the Kilpeck of the south" - hundreds of exquisite detailed photos to come, meantime here's a tongue loller .....

 

 

 

 

Saint Mary, Buriton, Hampshire

 

The Parish Church of St Mary the Virgin in the village of Buriton, Hampshire - home to paradox ancestors the Sewards in the 1800s and now guardian of their tombs and memorials

 

MORE PHOTOS FROM BURITON

 

also the church where Norfolk / Portsea Wine Merchant Alex Aldous married Yeoman Farmer's daughter Elizabeth Seward on 24 May 1855, and where she was buried at the end of 1862. 

 

ANCESTORS AND WHERE THEY LIVED AND WERE MARRIED IN ENGLAND IN THE 1700s 1800s & 1900s

 

 

James Fletcher & Nicholas Fletcher at Buriton

 

Great great great great (great) grandsons James and Nick Fletcher at the Seward / Haw tomb / vault in Buriton on the morning of Saturday 26 September, 2009

 

 

LINK TO MORE PHOTOS FROM THE SOUTH OF ENGLAND, EAST ANGLIA & WEST COUNTRY

 

these are just some highlights

 

 

 

 

Just round the corner from Gloucester Road, this magnificent Becket Reliquary Box is one of the few things left in the old V & A Medieval & Renaissance gallery, because they are busy moving stuff to the new one which opens in December (2009, they say!).  Archbishop Thomas Becket was hacked to death in Canterbury Cathedral on 29 December 1170.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Up country a bit in Suffolk, East Anglia, our search for the family wine merchant in Harleston (near Norwich) is interrupted by the discovery of an extraordinary painted medieval last judgement (detail of the jaws of hell bit above) in St Peter Wenhaston.

 

 

 

A medieval Romsey abbess clings to her temporal authority in death.

 

 

 

Saxon rood over 1000 years old (about 1M high)

 

 

Team Paradox has just missed out on Romsey Abbey (ex-Nunnery) on a couple of previous occasions.  Today we finally made it, through the cold driving October rain, and fell in love - it's a stunning place and there's a Paradoxplace page already: 

 

Link to new Paradoxplace page on Romsey Abbey Church of St Mary & St Etheldreda

 

 

LINK TO MORE PHOTOS FROM THE SOUTH OF ENGLAND, EAST ANGLIA & WEST COUNTRY

 

these are just some highlights

 

 

 

 

Toller Fratrum - Font

 

 

On to the south-west, through heavy rain and waterlogged roads, to the tiny Knight Hospitaller chapel of St Basil, in a farm field in the hamlette of Toller Fratum (9 miles north of Dorchester, Dorset).  We're here to see the knights' 1100s font ....

 

 

 

 

On the way back from the West Country, the Sherborne Abbey  mermaid roof boss put our new Nikon 300 lens to its first big test. 

 

More photos from the visit to Sherborne Abbey are already in Paradoxplace.

 

 

 

 

The exciting find of a day in London was the Church of St Bartholomew the Great, next to St Barts Hospital (opposite the Smithfield markets).  The church is in fact the choir and chancel of the church of the original Augustinian priory built in the early 1100s - the original nave not being there any more.  It is the "purest Norman" left in London.

 

 

LINK TO MORE PHOTOS FROM THE SOUTH OF ENGLAND, EAST ANGLIA & WEST COUNTRY

 

these are just some highlights

 

 

 

The Second Leg - Up in the North (East)

 

Bubwith (just S of York), York, Lastingham, Rievaulx Abbey (Cistercian), Bridlington (fishing port south of Scarborough), Scarborough, Whitby, Barnard Castle, Romaldkirk, Egglestone Abbey.

 

LINK TO THE NORTH EAST OF ENGLAND PHOTOS

 

 

 

 

All Saints, Bubwith, on the Derwent River south of York, where the marriages of at least two ancestors are recorded in the register.

 

ANCESTORS AND WHERE THEY LIVED AND WERE MARRIED IN ENGLAND IN THE 1700s 1800s & 1900s

 

 

 

A challenging day for holidaymakers and family researchers in Scarborough.

 

LINK TO THE NORTH EAST OF ENGLAND PHOTOS

 

 

 

Egglestone Abbey (near the market town of Barnard Castle in Co Durham) - the area is one of outstanding natural beauty of which this is a good but (abbey excepted) not atypical example.

 

 

LINK TO THE NORTH EAST OF ENGLAND PHOTOS

 

 

 

 

The Third Leg - Up in the North (West)

 

Flodden Field, Adel (St John the Baptist Church), Bolton Abbey, Keighley Mosque, Oxenhope (and 17 Fletchers in one hamlet in 1841), Thornhill (St Michael and All Angels Church), Anstey (Hertfordhire) (St George Church). 

 

 

 

Tetramorph over the (locked) door of  St John the Baptist, Adel (Yorkshire) - Luke's Bull, Matthew's Angel, God, John's Eagle, and Mark's Lion.

 

 

 

Bolton Abbey, jumping off pad for Keighley (pron Keefly) and the Fletchers of Oxenhope.

 

 

THE FLETCHER FAMILIES OF WEST YORKSHIRE

 

ANCESTORS AND WHERE THEY LIVED AND WERE MARRIED IN ENGLAND IN THE 1700s 1800s & 1900s

 

 

 

Heading back to the South - St George, Anstey (Hertfordshire) - 1100s font

 

 

LINK TO THE NORTH WEST OF ENGLAND PHOTOS

 

 

 

 

Fourthly & Lastly - The West Midlands - Link to more places and photos

 

St James Avebury, Avebury Megaliths, St Mary Winterbourne Monkton, St James Abson, Great Malvern Priory, Little Malvern Priory, All Saints Coddington, St Mary & St David Kilpeck, Hereford Cathedral, St George Brinsop, St Michael & All Angels Castle Frome, Benbow Pond, St Mary Magdalene Eardisley, SS Peter & Paul Rock.

 

 

 

Knights rumbling in St Mary Magdalene, Eardisley

 

 

 

Kilpeck - the ultimate old corbel place.

 

 

 

Little Malvern Priory

 

 

West Midlands - Link to more places and photos

 

 

 

Great Malvern Priory

 

 

 

St James the Greater, Abson (South Gloucestershire)

 

Link to new page about St James the Greater, Abson, in Paradoxplace

 

 

West Midlands - Link to more places and photos

 

 

 

 

LINK TO PARADOXPLACE

Adrian Fletcher's main website

 

 

Paradoxplace, a place full of  the buildings (especially abbeys cathedrals and churches), art, books, history and stories of the movers and shakers of Medieval and Early Modern Europe / Renaissance Italy and Western Europe plus lots of foodie stuff. 

 

 

Paradoxplace photo pages about Britain

 

 

Bellatrovata is the original "on the road" site for Adrian (aka Adriano and Dom Paradox) Fletcher's European explorations.  Material relating to explorations in Italy (including Tuscany, Rome and Venice), Spain, France and Britain between 2004 and 2006 has now been transferred to Adrian's main web site - Paradoxplace - and Bellatrovata contains photos and stories from the Autumn 2009 road trip in England.  

 

 

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