Silent Sunday….. Two for One


The Parish Church of St. George, Ticknall, Derbyshire

St. George is not an old church, relatively young, being built in 1842.  But it was built on land adjacent to the original Parish Church, of which the remains of a buttress and tower can still be seen.

The 1700’s and early 1800’s were one of prosperity and an increase in the Ticknall’s population.  The congregation outgrowing the old church. The then Lord of the manor, Sir George Crewe, who had prospered from the community’s prosperity, purchased a large amount of ground that surrounded the old church.  It was on this very spacious ground that St. Georges was constructed.


The light and spacious interior, still traditional, has a more modern style than older churches


There is also a “Preaching Post” in one corner of the Church grounds.  I believe it pre-dates the original church. but I have no confirmed date… it was also moved here from a previous location in the village.


From this viewpoint by the Preaching Post, a winding path takes you past one of the old buttresses to the Porch of St. George…… markers of three different religious periods in the history of Ticknall.

Sunday, time to plan the week ahead…. the last week in April.  Yes, another month of what seems a fast-moving year nearly consigned to history.  But as always….

Please Remember ….

Stay Safe …. Be Kind…. Look After Each Other

24th April

(C) David Oakes 2022

Silent Sunday….. Off the Church

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Buildwas Abbey, nr. Much Wenlock, Shropshire 

Nestling on flat ground on the banks of the River Severn can be found the ruins of Buildwas Abbey. Buildwas was a Cistercian Monastery founded around 1135.  Prospered and expanded over many years, but like all Monasteries suffered as a result of Henry VIII dissolution of Monasteries Act of 1536.

What is left is still worth exploring…

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If you are out exploring this Sunday relaxing at home…..

Please Remember ….

Stay Safe …. Be Kind…. Look After Each Other

27th February

(C) David Oakes 2022

Silent Sunday …. So Off to Church


All Saints Church, Youlgreave, Derbyshire

Like so many Derbyshire villages, the Parish Church stands at a 4 ways cross roads, central to the village. Its 96ft tower is a landmark on the horizon for a great many miles. All Saints is a mediaeval Church, and whilst not being mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1086, it is suspected that this was a religious location for some time before.  Like all Churches of a venerable age it has had renovation and restoration and some small extensions…. but that aside it is pretty much original and worthy of an explore.

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Apart from the usual Carved Stone Memorial sculptures and plaques, there are an unusual number of other carved figures and ‘items’ adorning the walls.  Two are above.  The one on the left is known as a ‘Piscina’, thought to be a bowl for Holy Water for items to be washed prior to communion.  The figure on the right is of an unknown lady, a ruff or frilled collar and the holding of a staff and pouch suggest that she is a Pilgrim.  Not sure why, but both have been moved to these new locations from elsewhere in the Church

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The name Youlgreave is derived from ‘Yellow Grove’ and relates to the yellow colour of the ore that was once mined in the area.  I should also mention that the name itself causes some discussion….  many locals refer to it as Youlgrave, even on different maps there is no definitive spelling….  though the OS Maps now seem to agree on Youlgreave.

No matter the name, All Saints IS the name of this Derbyshire  Village Church. Well worth a visit.

Sunday….  Relaxing at home , visiting family or friends, even out exploring…..

Please Remember ….

Stay Safe …. Be Kind…. Look After Each Other

20th February

(C) David Oakes 2022

Silent Sunday……. Off to Church


Southwell Minster, Nottinghamshire

There has been a religious building on this site from Medieval times. The Norman construction, which is on earlier church location, was completed in 1150.  It created the main foundations of what is at Southwell today.  But between then and now it has endured a very chequered and dramatic  life.  1646 and the English Civil War and its turmoil caused much damage.  No long after repair and reconstruction work was completed,  the Spire was hit by lightening in 1711, causing a fire.  Repairs were again needed and completed in 1720.  Then in 1805 the Spires had to be removed as, along with the roof there was a danger of collapse, poor workmanship was blamed.

In 1879 reconstruction was again undertaken, Spires replaced and roof repaired.

Thankfully since then life at Southwell has been more tranquil……  A Minster that is worth exploring


This Sunday as always…..

Please Remember ….

Stay Safe …. Be Kind…. Look After Each Other

13th February

(C) David Oakes 2022