Tuesday, 24 May 2016

Church Tower

A carpet of crocus and a scattering of daffodils surround the tombs of St Mary Magdalene churchyard.  Here I stand on the west side of the church looking towards the tower. A church has stood here since the 12th century, although little remains of it after an extension in the 16th century, alterations in the 18th century and lastly a rebuilding in 1873.  The squat saddleback tower we see today is by Austin and Paley, a duo of much loved local architects, and replaced the old one in 1900-1.
It is difficult to get a photograph of the whole church as it is surrounded by trees and from this angle the tower saddleback cannot be seen but lets head out towards the gate for another angle, look up to check the time
and see a homily on the tower "Watch for ye know not the hour",  perhaps something to meditate on as I take a turn around the tombstones
while enjoying a day of spring sunshine and flowers.
Here can be seen how well the sturdy tower sits with the church as they nestle in the hollow of the valley south of the village of Broughton in Furness.

An entry to ABC Wednesday, a journey through the alphabet, this week sojourning at T here



Melody Steenkamp said...

intriging, sights like these are breathtaking.... i always fall quiet at a place like that.

Have a nice abcwednes-day / – week
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carol l mckenna said...

Love the first photo and all are wonderful ~ beautiful area ~ Great choice for T

Happy Week to you ~ ^_^

photowannabe said...

Lovely church tower and graveyard.
I would love to go exploring there.

Hildred said...

That was a nice visit - I like the passage under the clock.

Roger Owen Green said...

I love old church architecture!

Trubes said...

Lovely church and grounds plus surrounding scenery,
Spring is such a refreshing time of the year.

best wishes,
ABCW team.