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ON THE ROAD IN THE UK: APRIL - JUNE 2014

 

 

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West Country (this page)

last updated 12 May 2014

 

West Yorkshire

 

 

Somerton (Somerset)

 

 

 Old Bell House (Sproule / Fletcher home in the late 1940s)

 

 

St Michael and all Angels

 

 

Taunton (Somerset) - Saint Mary Magdalene was the Locke family church in the 1600s and 1700s

 

 

 

A dramatic church of angels, accompanied by the soft chatter of people in the west nave café

 

 

9xgrt grandfather -  Lewis Locke, bu here 27 Mar 1692 - had 35 children by 4 wives

7xgrt Allen Locke jnr m Susanna Elworthy here 20 Nov 1730

6xGrt Thos Locke snr snr m Amey Warren here 1 June 1757

5xgrt Thos Locke snr Ch here 19 Feb 1760 - his son Capt Thomas Locke found 3 wives, numerous children, and a career in the invalids section of the Madras Army

 

 

Back down to Rick Stein's in Padstow (Cornwall)

 

 

 

 

 

Just the First Night Starter (really)

 

 

Saint Menefreda (aka Minver), on the other side of the estuary to Padstow

 

 

 

The spire was not so bendy in 1675 when George and Anna got married, 15 years after the monarchy had been reinstated in the person of Charles II

 

 

 

Looking west towards a letter of gratitude sent by King Charles I (1600 - 1625 - 1649 (49)) in 1643

 

 

 

7x Grt Grandparents George deMountfryart and Anna Howard's marriage here on 24 February is squeezed in to

the St Menefreda register as the last record for 1675/76

 

 

 

Ssssh - bird praying

 

 

From Adrian's direct (*) ancestor line here is how George and St Menefreda fit in: 

 

- Adrian Fletcher* (1943 -    )

- Col Michael Fletcher* (1918 - 2007 (89)) (British Army) and Peggy Sproule (1917 - 2005 (88))

- Ethel Fletcher* (Burton) (1890 - 1968 (78)) (c Madras) and Dr Frank Rex ("Jimmy") Fletcher (1890 - 1974 (84))

- "Gem" Burton (Middlecoat)* (1871 - 1953 (82)) and Lt Col John Adolphus Burton (1854 - 1924 (69)) (Indian Medical Service)

- Col Francis Middlecoat* (1839 - 1922 (83)) (Madras Army) and Mary Henrietta Locke (1850 - 1928 (78))

- Capt George Middlecoat* (1802 - 1845 (43)) (Madras Artillery) and Susannah Palmer Middlecoat (Hampton) (1808 - 1870 (61))

- Nicholas Middlecoat jnr* (1752 - 1844 (92)) (Tregony Political Agent & All Round Rogue) and Ruth Middlecoat (Hambly) (1760 - 1825 (64))

- Jane Middlecoat* (Saunders) (1721 - 1801 (83)) and Nicholas Middlecoat snr (1718 - 1801 (83)) (Tailor)

- Elizabeth Saunders* (Demountfryart) (1692 - 1730 (38)) and Aaron Saunders (1696 - ?) (Tregony Joiner)

 

- Dr George Demountfryart* (1652 - 1717 (65)) (Physician and 5 times Bodmin Mayor - 1691, 1694, 1700, 1712, & 1716) and Anna Demountfryart (Howard) (c1655 - 1722), were married in the church of St Menefreda across the river from Rick Stein's place on 24 February 1675-76.  Adrian's 7xGrt Grandparents.    Link to more about Dr George from our 2011 road trip

 

- John Demonfryart* (1627 - ? ) and Mary ( ? ) ( ? - ? )

- Dr Vinsent Demonfryart* (c1600 - 1652 (52)) (Bodmin Physician) and Jone Demountfryart ( ? )  (? - 1642)

 

 

St Nonna "The Cathedral of the (Bodmin) Moors" in the village of Altarnun, Cornwall

 

More about the Church of St Nonna

 

 

 

 

 

The church cross, about the same age as Nonna

 

 

 

A church full of natural light - the Norman font stands guard over 79 bench end panels carved by one Robart Daye between 1510 and 1530

 

 

 

Robart Daye signs off his 1510 - 1530 masterworks

 

 

 

 

 

 

The medieval bridge carrying the 6ft wide main drag to the church gate

 

 

All Saints Church, East Budleigh, Devon

 

Link to a fascinating article about the 1500s bench ends in All Saints in the context of the times of the early Tudors

 

 

 

 

 

 

This carving on a cloth merchant’s pew contains elements of the arms of the Company of Weavers and Fullers of Exeter

 

 

 

St Nicholas, Studland, Dorset

 

Hardly the West Country, but we took the opportunity of returning from the west to divert to this out of the way very old and internally beautiful little church - with corbels!

 

 

 

 

These three ladies live on one of the south nave corbel tables - on the left is a pretty gross sheela, in the middle an exhibitionist maybe, and on the right a tonguey lady who is clearly glad to see you ....

 

 

 

 

But the corbel pièce de résistance is undoubtedly this couple, partly hidden over the porch roof

 

 

 

 

 

St Nicholas is a popular marriage place, and you can see why!

 

 

The Tank Museum - Bovington, Dorset

 

 

 

The only WW I Mk 2 tank left in the world

 

 

 

Birthday present for Dad

 

 

 

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 Western Europe, Renaissance Italy plus lots of foodie stuff. 

 

 

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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 has been spring cleaned in preparation for the next road trips in England (Autumn 2009) and  Northern Italy and Burgundy (May 2010).

 

 

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