Monday, 23 May 2011
I promise not to make too many more blogs about our holiday, but I couldn't resist showing you a couple of absolutely beautiful English churches. I really do think our churches are the best in the whole world - that has nothing specially to do with religion as I am not a religious person, but architecturally there is nothing to beat them as I am sure you will agree.
Today's church is a medieval wool church in Suffolk and one which I have wanted to visit for many years. Wool churches were usually built by people who wished to show off the prosperity of the wool trade and this one is no exception, being founded by John Clopton, a wealthy cloth merchant. Building started in 1467. It is Holy Trinity Church at Long Melford.
One of its rarities is that it has a separate Lady Chapel - an exquisite little building. The photograph of the 'back' of the church is actually of the Lady Chapel wall. It is such a quiet, peaceful intimate little building which was used as a school in the 17th and 18th centuries.
I hope my photographs go some way to capturing the rare beauty of this church. The rose was one of many old-fashioned roses growing alongside the wall between the buttresses. Visiting it was one of the highlights of our holiday.