With Winter slowly heading towards the door I am slowly coming out of my torpor and considering expeditions. Unfortunately my limitations nowadays are many, and I am always hampered by the capacity of my bladder and the comfort of my shoes.
The Village of Bredon falls under Warwickshire and not Gloucestershire as I expected. In fact the border of the two counties is not all that far from Tewkesbury. It is roughly 3 miles from where I am, a mere brisk walk on a Winters day. My target was the Church of St Giles in Bredon where there are 4 CWGC graves to photograph. This would also be a test of my new camera, and of course a bit of much needed leg stretching for me.
I stopped on a number of occasions to wave at the sheep, but they just looked sheepishly at me and continued about their business.
At some point I came to the road that comes off the top of Northway into the B4080, with the Cross Keys pub on the corner. I made a mental note of it in case the bladder decided to explode on the way home.
After more trudging I started to see the church spire in the distance, and it was a high one. At least now I had an aiming point.
A bit further one I spotted what I thought was a war memorial but it turned out to be a large milestone instead
The church was behind the milestone, and I was in gravestone mode.
The churchyard is quite large, dominated by the church itself and the usual trees that thrive in churchyards like this
The CWGC graves were easy to find, and I also found two private memorials. I then walked the rows, looking for interesting headstones and tryng to find the oldest legible one, which turned out to be be close to the church.
It appears to date from 1703, and it is very possible that this is not the oldest, there are others very similar to this, but the dates are not legible.
The church is stunning, and that spire is a tall one, but unfortunately I could not get into it to have a look. But, like all of these churches you can bet it had some really beautiful memorials inside of it. In the meantime I walked around the churchyard, admiring the lychgate on the way.
The gravestones were a mixed bag of 1800’s and 1900’s with a lot of very nice modern stones. In 200 years time those modern stones will be magnificent! There are also a number of family plots in the churchyard, but that is to be expected as many of the families have probably lived in this parish for generations.
The Dyer family is particularly well represented.
The church yard is surrounded by a number of beautiful houses, like the old Rectory (one of 3 rectories that I saw in my trip)
And I believe this is the church hall and associated buildings:
Not too far from the church is the local school, which shows its age somewhat.
and of course yet another pub:
In many cases these village pubs are amongst the older buildings around, and many are stunning examples of country village pubs. If ever I run out of graves I will start photographing pubs!
There is even a local SPAR in Bredon,
Although I doubt whether they are in quite the same price range as those back in South Africa.
I strolled down the road, ever wary of low flying 4×4’s who seeming trundle out of nowhere. The narrow streets were never designed for the vehicular traffic that dominates them, and village can be quite dangerous places to drive in as evidenced by the many reversing mirrors I saw outside driveways.
Then it was time to turn around and head back to the church before tackling the walk back home.
Now is it left or right? either way I can see the church spire next to the chimney so I am heading in the right direction.
Back at the church, a quick walk around, and some wonderful Soul Effigies on view
and then I was on my way home, pausing only to wave at the local lawnmowers ruminating in the adjacent field.
Ugh, I still had far to walk. Would my bladder hold out?
And isn’t that Shaun the Sheep?
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