A record of wildlife in my garden and various trips to the Warwickshire countryside and occasionally further afield.
"To see a world in a grain of sand,
And a heaven in a wild flower,
Hold infinity in the palm of your hand
And eternity in an hour."
From "Auguries of Innocence"
by William Blake
Saturday, 26 November 2016
Christmas Tree Festival at St Michael's, Maxstoke
I was determined to try and find the time today to visit the Christmas Tree Festival at St Michael's, Maxstoke. So leaving the Christmas cake cooking - B was under strict instructions to check it after two hours and cover it with foil if it was over-browning! -, D and I went along to the church.
Although I've taken photos of the exterior of the church in the past I have never been inside.
In 1333 Sir William de Clinton (builder of nearby Maxstoke Castle) founded a Chantry on the site of the present church. The church of St Michael and All Angels was built not long after. Sir William also arranged for the building of nearby Maxstoke Priory in 1342 for 12 Canons of the Augustinian Order. The Priory was dissolved by Henry VIII in 1538 and today only a few ruins remain.
The Christmas Tree Festival was a delight although, as usual the camera struggled with the low light so most of the photos were taken using the flash.
The SE window in the photo below and
this window in the Gallery contain fragments of 15th century stained glass.
The view of the church from the Gallery which was added in the 18th century.
You may remember I missed the ancient floor tiles at Chastleton Church and I managed to do it yet again today - the sanctuary has 14th century floor tiles.
I discovered that the church is open on Sundays during the Summer so I will return and also take more photos of the Priory (I think I have shown you a few pictures of the ruins in a past post(s).
D was using the Canon Bridge SX50 HS and it performs better in low light than my camera even without flash - see photos below.
We went and had a look at the Craft Fair in the Village Hall opposite the church. I bought a couple of Christmas Tree decorations and we had tea and cake - D Victoria Sandwich and me Sticky Ginger Loaf - sorry forgot to take a photo!
Sunset - photos taken with the Canon Bridge -
and setting sun making the autumn colours glow - colours look false but the photo is unedited.
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