Wednesday, 15 March 2017
Berkswell Churchyard and a local Rookery
D and I popped to the farm shop at Meriden last Sunday. It was a lovely day and we went along to the churchyard of St John the Baptist in Berkswell in search of Brimstones. There were no butterflies around but plenty of flowers.
St John's dates back back to the 12th century and was built on the site of an earlier Saxon church.
Primroses are starting to appear.
Lovely to see Lesser Celandine flowering.
The flowers are also known as "golden knobs" or "golden guineas".
"Before the hawthorn leaves unfold,
Or buttercups put forth their gold,
By every sunny footpath shine
The stars of Lesser Celandine"
Song of the Celandine Fairy by Cicely Mary Barker
We found lots of 18th to 20 century graffiti on one of the church walls.
An Ordnance Survey benchmark
Plants in Walls
Mosses and Lichens
The village stocks are around 200 years old. Unusually they have five holes and local stories suggest that they were designed to accommodate 3 regular local offenders one of whom had only one leg.
The ancient Bercul's Well which may have been used for baptism during Saxon times
Well House now a private residence but it was once the Rectory and home to Maud Watson (1864-1946) winner of the first Ladies' Lawn Tennis Championship at Wimbledon.
On the way home we stopped off in Meriden to watch the activities of birds at a rookery (there were at least 20 nests). (Photos taken by D with the Canon Bridge HS50)