At end of the first week of November I will be leaving my current job to start a new one in Basingstoke. It was not an easy decision to make given how I have settled down here in Salisbury, but there are a number of reasons behind my decision which I will not list here.
There are a number of things that have to be done, and looking for new accommodation in Basingstoke will be high on my list of priorities. Until the end of December I will be commuting between there and here while I pack my goodies and settle my affairs. Unfortunately my goodie collection has become somewhat bloated and so I will have to make some hard decisions in that regard too.
Until such time as I am settled things will be chaotic and as such I wont have time to do many regular posts to this blog, although I have already seen a cemetery close to the station that is going to be one of my first visits, although when that will be I cannot say.
I was hoping to make a last trip to Southampton to see Quantum of the Seas when she arrives on the 30th, but I do not have leave available to do that in.
So, watch this space, hopefully I will be able to start filling it up once again once I am back in business.
It is probable that this blog will quieten down considerably over the next few months as I move house again. Moving house also means I will not have access to the net until I can get my broadband sorted out, and who knows how long that might take.
However, I will probably have something to say once I have moved, and hopefully I will be just a tad happier than before. So, don’t loose hope!!
Oh, and somebody please tell me why my blog started speaking French?
I have been meaning to visit St Lawrence for quite some time, but it is a bit of a long walk so have been able to blame the weather for not going there. On my trip to Old Sarum in February I was literally in stone throwing distance of the church, but could not quite spot what I was after, however I could probably find it now without too much trouble (as well as find the footpath that connects the two)
That’s Old Sarum in the distance, and it doesn’t seem that imposing from here, but its a different ballgame looking down on this area from the complex. But by the time St Lawrence was erected (1711), the church had moved to Salisbury Cathedral and the castle/fort had been abandoned.
The church is quite a pretty one, although not too large and not too ornate. you could almost say it is a dead ringer for the typical English country church. The area around it is mostly farmland with some very impressive houses on the way.
I had not done any homework on the CWGC graves at the church, I thought there were only a few, but it turns out that there are 49, and there is a Cross of Sacrifice.
Most of the burials are Australians who died in local hospitals during the First World War, and there are also two WWII burials too.
The churchyard isn’t a big one, and by the looks of it is still in limited use. However, I expect there is more unseen than seen in this case, after all, the church dates back to 1711. Headstones are not too spectacular, and most of the older ones are not legible.
The church was locked, although while I was there the bells tolled the hour, and the organ was playing, but I could not find any door that I could enter through as all were burglar barred. I was able to look through the windows but there wasn’t too much to see.
It was a weakish sort of sunlight that filtered down on the landscape, and we were definitely heading towards Spring as there were quite a few flowers on the footpath leading to the church.
While in front of the church there is a World War I Memorial, which could do with a but of restoration.
A last round of the churchyard and it was time for me to go. I am sorry I was not able to see inside the building, or to climb the tower, but maybe another time?
From a gravehunters perspective it was a bit of a disappointment, but from a war graves perspective it was a good find. Most of the graveyards I have visited in Salisbury have CWGC graves in them, although never on this scale. This is probably the third biggest CWGC plot in the city, and I am glad that I finally have it under my belt.
Then it struck me that I have a long way to walk to get home, and I was not looking too forward to that.