Two Churchs of West Sussex

After a dearth of opportunities to take pictures  I decided to take a day off and visit a couple of local(ish) churches.  The first was Church of St Mary Magdalene at Tortington.


The interior is as beautifully looked after as all the Churches Conservation Trust properties.  The interior arch has some unusual carvings of “beakheads – boggle-eyed monsters with beaks, tongues and squid-like tentacles that frown and glare at visitors below.”

The door arch and iron fittings are original 12th century and have been moved at least three times.

The graveyard contains a variety of differing crosses and carvings.

The second was the Church of St Mary the Virgin at North Stoke.

which contains traces of 14th century wall decoration

and some splendid carvings.


Slindon Woods

A couple of images from a stroll through Slindon Woods (near Bognor, East Sussex).  The featured image is from the churchyard of St Mary’s in Slindon.

Slindon Woods
Aisle of Beech Trees
Slindon Woods Bench
This reminded me of the curved tombs in Pompeii which provide seating for weary travelers.


At a photographic club lecture I heard probably the clearest description of the point and practice of HDR images so I thought I would combine some spare time, a convenient golden hour window and a trip to Shoreham to see what I could achieve.  I am quite pleased with the result below.

Shoreham Harbour Wall

On the return journey I stopped on the bridge across the estuary and took the image below of the houseboats (I assume).

Houseboats on the Adur at Shoreham


Whitchurch Canonicorum

On a journey back from a break in Cornwall (hopefully I’ll get time to post some images from that shortly) we stopped in the tiny village of Whitchurch Canonicorum and the church of  Church of St Candida and Holy Cross which is unusual as being the only religious site (other than Westminster Abbey) in England to have survived the Reformation with its relics intact.

Shrine of Saint Wite (Latinised as Saint Candida)
The only shrine in Britain to have survived the Reformation with its relics intact, apart from that of Saint Edward the Confessor in Westminster Abbey

But is obviously still a working church.

It has some fun exterior and interior gargoyles.

And walking around the back shows a fascinating mix of architecture acquired in it’s long life.

Jumble of Architecture
Church of St Candida and Holy Cross.



In fact my first visit to Spain (not counting a trip to Menorca in my youth) and a woefully late blog posting.  We loved the city, excellent food, a fantastic visit to the Prado and will definitely be returning.

Selfie at Catedral de la Almudena
The steps of the Catedral de la Almudena were crowded with people taking selfies, so it seemed the natural shot.
Reflections in Catedral de la Almudena
Reflections in Catedral de la Almudena

Some “street” shots, the last I left in colour as the washed out blues and yellows in of the background appeal to me.


Jervaulx Abbey and surrounds

We took a walk around Jervaulx Abbey, across the River Ure, through Thornton Steward and back through surprisingly flat country side for the Yorkshire dales.

Plantation 2010
A plantation of trees which had grown since 2011 when the Google Maps images were taken.
View from the bridge over the River Ure, I love the purple of the heather on the mountain.
Another type of Treehouse
Just along from St Oswald’s church in Thornton Steward is this surprising door in a rotten (but still living) tree.

Longnor Sunsets

Longnor is a small village in the Staffordshire moorlands near Buxton in the Peak District.  A few years ago we discovered the Buxton Opera Festival and it has become an annual tradition to visit for the festival and stay in Longnor.

Longnor Sunset

View from the back garden

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