Friday, 14 September 2012
A church and graveyard
This pretty little church is perched on top of the cliffs in Kingsdown so you can see it from quite a way around. It has always interested me because of the open bell tower. In Europe I believe they are more common but I don't know. In France it would be called a clocher-mur.
The church is surrounded by the graveyard.
When I spotted this grave with its anchor I felt sure it must belong to a seaman, this being an old fishing village, but no. It's engraved for "Dear mother".
And this church too, like Adullamite's, has it's faces on either side of the entrance, a bishop and what I took to be a queen. They are so lacking in any character it's almost impossible to say.
The church was built in 1853 so Victoria would have been on the throne which makes me wonder if it was the custom to have the reigning monarch and maybe the Archbishop of Canterbury on either side of a church entrance. Not that I've really noticed it anywhere before.