Sunday….So off to Church


Holy Trinity the Parish Church of Much Wenlock

Much Wenlock is a small and very ancient Market Town in Shropshire. Like most towns across the UK  they once played a very important role in their regions, commerce, industry, agriculture, transport and in later days health and education.

But Much Wenlock can also make a very big claim to being the birth place of the modern Olympic.  The collaboration between Dr William Penny Brooks and Ross Frisby created the first Athletics Wenlock Olympics.  Those games celebrated their 130 gathering this year and we all know how the International Olympics have developed.

But back to Holy Trinity.  The church you see today is solid plain Norman in style and dates to 1150.  At some point the Tower also sported a Spire but that was removed early in the 20th century.  Like most English Churches it is again built upon a site of early Anglo Saxon worship.


The Nave is long and high, not over ornate but has high arched windows, stone pillars and Box Pews….simple and yet stylish.

Perhaps the simplicity is because the Church was built by an order of Cluniac Monks from Wenlock Abbey. Indeed you could say that Holy Trinity is literally and physically in the shadow of the Priory.

Wenlock Priory is perhaps the bigger attraction for visitors to the Town, but those who limit their visit just to the Priory miss out  on the Church and the Town and all its local history.


Wenlock Priory

Again dates can be confused….as can names.  Originally the Priory was named after Saint Milburga.  It was originally a 7th century Monastery, then a Cluniac Monastery in 1079.  The current ruins of the Priory are just a little younger being 12th century. Priories were not just places of worship but fully contained communities.

Like all ruins it is fun deciphering the  layout, identifying where worship took place , where they slept, ate and of course where they prepared their food and stored the wines and beer…and of course where they washed and bathed.  These may now only be a skeleton of what existed but they still illustrate the skill of the stone mason with only the simplest of tools.

 Quite a contrast in both styles and size….plus the chance to explore a lovely market town that also has many more interesting buildings spanning the centuries and illustrating the Towns obvious importance to this part of Shropshire…yep, Much Wenlock is worth exploring.

( Off to Church on Sunday has been a regular blog for a few months now but I am going to give it a break till sometime the New Year. So next Sunday will be the last for awhile. I have something planned which I hope will be a fitting Off to Church contribution but more importantly appropriate blog for Remembrance Sunday)

6th November

(C) David Oakes 2016

Cee’s Odd Ball Photo Challenge – Week 33


Waiting for the Train……

Anticipation…the train will be along very soon.  Till then let’s just enjoy the sunshine.

This weeks suggestion for Cees Odd Ball Photo Challenge.

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20th August

(C) David Oakes 2016

Wordless Wednesday…..Another Favourite Place



Location:  Lower Brockhampton Medieval Manor House and Timber Framed Gatehouse, Herefordshire.  (manor House circa 1380 gatehouse 1500’s)

10th August

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Sunday…..So Off to Church


The Church of Saint Andrew, Naunton, Gloucestershire

Naunton is the quintessential Cotswold Village, not large, just a cluster of cottages, Manor House and a Medieval Dove Cote even a small river, The Windrush flowing through.

At its centre is the village Church of Saint Andrew and like the rest of the villages in the Cotswolds it is built of that famous glowing Cotswold Gold Stone.


Dating back to the 1200’s the church has enjoyed renovations at various times since then, notably in the 1500’s and then the 1800’s

One fairly unique feature of Saint Andrews is outside on the tower where visitors come to admire the two medieval ‘sundials’…


If you do visit Naunton and this lovely village church….pleased don’t forget to close the Lych Gate behind you…..


31st July

(C) David Oakes 2016

DP Weekly Photo Challenge – Narrow



The narrow streets of an old English Market Town are made even narrower on Market Day.

I guess that qualifies as Narrow the topic of this weeks DP Photo Challenge

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30th July

(C) David Oakes 2016