I must sound like a broken record, but I truly believe that every church has a fascinating history, or a weird little artefact hidden inside, and St Mary’s at Barton is no different.
Sitting in the metaphorical shadow of Avebury’s mystical stone circle is the little modest structure of St James' Church.
The rood screen at Smallburgh is arguably the main focal point of the church today.
The 400 year old arm, impaled on a meat hook, serves as a warning to all future criminals considering robbing the church.
Lying in such an isolated place, Booton St Michael has come to be known as ‘the cathedral of the fields’.
While the church is long gone, its churchyard remains, with tombs and monuments hidden behind metal railings and overgrown bushes. Although the site seems closed to visitors today, access is still possible...
‘What dies in Sanssouci will be buried in Bornstedt.’
Medieval wall paintings. Grand, loud, bright and famous. They fill the pages of guidebooks, celebrated by tourists for centuries. They are never forgotten. Right?
By a small turning off the A16, sits a little shrine to the Victorian Gothic.
When visiting the church and circling these monuments, it seems a miracle there was ever any room for religious services...