Silent Sunday….. Revisiting a Favourite Old Derbyshire Church


Holy Trinity Church, Ashford in the Water, Derbyshire

Holy Trinity is a typical old English Village Church.  It has stood in the central position of the village since 1205, and as with so many of our old churches, is reputedly built on a much older site of worship. The Tower is one of the oldest parts of the original church still standing.  Square and stout, which it needs tr be as it houses the 7 Cast Iron Church Bells. 

I did say this was one my favourite village churches, perhaps because of it surprisingly spacious, yet intimate and welcoming interior.



Holy Trinity is one of the few Churches that still display examples of Funeral Crant’s of Maidens Garlands.  Maybe so few exist as they are so fragile.  A wooden hoop decorated with either wild flowers or paper flowers.  Often a Handkerchief  or glove of the ‘maiden’ being remembered were also attached. In Holy Trinity you will find 4 Crant’s hanging  above the north aisle, safe in perspex domes.

Here is a little more information on Crant’s…


One thing is for sure…. when the 7 Bells in the Tower ring out across the village and surrounding countryside,  no one would miss the call ( not such a Silent Sunday then ) !


Relaxing on a Sunday or busy planning the week ahead…..

Please Remember ….

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

17th October

(C) David Oakes 2021


Silent Sunday…. Off to Church (Well actually a Russian Cathedral)


The Cathedral of the Icon of Our Lady of Kazan

No excuses for revisiting this rather lavish Cathedral located on the gulf of Finland at Zelenogorsk.  This rich interior of the Russian Orthodox Church, sits beneath traditional Onion Domes, in a stark white building all surrounded by woodland..

I was surprise to discover it was only built in 1915.  But also surprised that it managed to survive several wars and revolutions and much misuse….. thankfully it has some care lavished upon it since.


Seven Gold Crosses

I hope you are having a relaxing Sunday and not dreading Monday too much…whatever…

Please Remember ….

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

10th October

(C) David Oakes 2021

Silent Sunday….. Off to a very modern Church


The Arctic Cathedral, Tromso

It is an intriguing sight across the fjord nestling below a high mountain ridge.  A very dramatic building with a very distinctive architectural style… demands closer inspection.  So we crossed to Troms Island across the Tromso Bridge to take a look.

It is known as the Arctic Cathedral but its real name is Tromsdalen Church.


The Ultra Modern frontage with dominant Cross certainly packs a dramatic punch.  Built in 1965 it construction, I am told, is of Large Aluminium Sheets covered with Concrete and supported by steel girders to form this unique shape.  Glass panels link the main roof panel to make the interior light and combined with its height very spacious and airy.

I was also told that the design concept was for a visualization of the Froze Ice Packs of the Arctic, their sheer power and the strength they have.


The large mosaic Glass Window that dominates the interior makes a dramatic statement.  You could be fooled into thinking that this was part of the original design concept….. you would be wrong.

The Mosiac was added in 1972.  It is the work of Artist Victor Sparre..  Originally the window was plain glass.  Being so large, and most certainly in the mornings as it faces east, the light was overpowering, uncomfortable for the congregation looking towards the alter.  So this great piece of art was the solution.


Tromsdalen Church, or if you prefer, The Arctic Cathedral, makes a bold statement of modern Norwegian Architectural style.  A style very different from the long established Tromso Cathedral. Wood. instead of Aluminium and Concrete….but both buildings of memorable and unique style.


You can see more of Tromso Cathedral if you follow this link to an earlier Blog :-

Wherever you are this Sunday…..

Please Remember ….

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

3rd October

(C) David Oakes 2021

Silent Sunday…… Off to Church


St. Peter’s, The Parish Church of Alstonefield, Staffordshire

High on the edge of the Staffordshire Moorlands, close to the border with Derbyshire, is the village of Alstonefield and its 12 century Parish Church.  Built in the mid 1100’s, like so many of our ancient Churches it stands on a much earlier religious site. Alstonefield was a large and rather prosperous country Parish.  I am told there are over 700 marked graves which span 5 centuries of Alstonefield’s history, an indicator to the onetime size of this Parish… I also understand that there are many more graves lost to time.

For over 1000 years St. Peter’s has served the Parish. During those times it has endured the many perils of Plaque, Religious unrest and Civil Wars, yet it still stands firm.  The dark interior is simple, yet at the same time mysterious, not spooky but with an unreal fee hard to describe but very much felt…. maybe its the spirits of the those gone before. 

Its Grade 1 Listed Building status should ensure that St. Peter’s it will stand for many centuries more.  




We should never ignore our old Churches, they have seen much in their lifetimes and can tell us much about our past.

As always on this Sunday and everyday of the week….

Please Remember ….

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

26th September

(C) David Oakes 2021



Silent Sunday……. Off to Church


Saint John the Baptist, The Parish Church of Cirencester, Gloucestershire


Wherever you are this Sunday…..

Please Remember ….

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

19th September

(C) David Oakes 2021