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photoblog image Belton House - Part 4: The Church 2/7

Belton House - Part 4: The Church 2/7

The Church of St Peter and St Paul stands at the roadside to the north between Belton House and gardens and the village street and originally dated back to around 1200. The bottom section of the west tower dates from this period whereas the top section dates from 1638.

 

Sadly the sky became a bit overcast when I came to take this picture, unlike the nice blue sky in some of the earlier postings in this series.

 

Some of these gravestones seem to have been there for a very long time.

Belton House - Part 4: The Church 2/7

The Church of St Peter and St Paul stands at the roadside to the north between Belton House and gardens and the village street and originally dated back to around 1200. The bottom section of the west tower dates from this period whereas the top section dates from 1638.

 

Sadly the sky became a bit overcast when I came to take this picture, unlike the nice blue sky in some of the earlier postings in this series.

 

Some of these gravestones seem to have been there for a very long time.

comments (14)

  • Ray
  • Manila, Philippines
  • 5 Jul 2011, 00:49
Now it has my attention, Brian.

Some of the outdoor "furniture" looks well weathered.
Brian Walbey: Yes those graves stones are well worn Ray.
A very, very long time. Gravestones always make for an interesting subject - catching the Church behind makes it more interesting still.
Brian Walbey: Many thanks Elizabeth.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 5 Jul 2011, 07:39
The church isn't as grand as the house
Brian Walbey: Indeed not Chris but wait till you see what is in the inside over the next few days.
this looks pretty abondoned
Brian Walbey: Far from it actually Chantal, very much in use as the next few postings will show.
nice shot Brian. sorry if my comments and replies are a bit erratic but we are still having internet problems
Brian Walbey: Thanks Bill. Sorry about your internet. Mine lags a bit at times on SC., indeed a few times I've logged out and back in trying to pick up some speed. The new "Manage" thingy takes ages to repaste the thumbnails each time I go in there which is very annoying, I was quite happy with how it was.
  • Chad Doveton
  • Where latitude and longitude meet.
  • 5 Jul 2011, 14:31
No other place than England Brian.
Brian Walbey: Definitely Chad.
  • Linda
  • United Kingdom
  • 5 Jul 2011, 15:28
That big window on the church must look really good inside. This really is an old graveyard by the looks of the stones smile
Brian Walbey: It's not only the windows that look good inside as you will see if you have the time to look in Linda. Thanks.
  • Alan
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 5 Jul 2011, 16:58
I like the yellow stonework very much. Its been a while since the graveyeard has had any TLC.
Brian Walbey: I'm not sure if the N.T.are responsible for the church and churchyard Alan, but it does need TLC as you say.
These places are always worth exploring.
Brian Walbey: Yes indeed John, wit till you see the inside.
  • blackdog
  • United Kingdom
  • 5 Jul 2011, 17:41
Another good one Brian, lovely tones and the epitome of English village life.
Brian Walbey: Thanks Mike. Yes I guess the folks from the big house worshipped here with the lower orders in days gone by.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 5 Jul 2011, 20:56
I like the quiet atmosphere on the English churchyards - and there is always a feel of transitoriness while looking at the leaning, sometimes half decayed or abandoned headstones.
Chad might be right. The care for graves is in the various European countries rather different - in our country many people are used to go daily or often to the graves of their loved persons and they take care for them by planting flowers..., sometimes the care for graves is a bit overdone - on 1st November (All Souls 'Day) the graves are adorned with candles to commemorate the deads. As an English Sir said to me in England the care for graves is not so important for the belief and the thinking about death, but I don't know if this is right.
Linda is right: The big window looks impressive, and I assume there are stained glass windows.
A finely composed and atmosperic photo!
Brian Walbey: I was surprised to see the churchyard looking a bit worse for wear Philine, it is a national failing that such places are left like this, especially ones under the care of local councils.I have seen your European graves with their candles and photos, quite impressive. Just wait till you see the inside of this church during the rest of the week though, that is in a completely different condition.
I bet there are some really old graves there by the look of it too. I quite like the washed out sky as it gives a softer light.
Brian Walbey: Thanks Ingrid. yes some of the graves are quite old. Strangely enough round the other side of the church the gravestones are less weathered, I guess they must be sheltered by the trees round there.
I think this lighting, rather than bright sunshine, enhances the image. You've done a splendid job of capturing the atmosphere of the place, Brian.
Brian Walbey: Many thanks Beverly.
nice view. i like the crooked angle of the gravestones
Brian Walbey: Yes I think they may well have been standing (falling) there for many years Ayush.

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