Over to the west of the county the landscape was bounded by woods. I had the air conditioning on in my car, but when I stopped to take this photograph the heat and humidity was almost overwhelming. The recent rain had made the vegetation very lush.
The church has a complex architectural history and seems to have been taken apart and put back together in the 14th century and then again in a restoration by the great Sir Ninian Comper.
A Templar church, the nave contains this great arch now truncated and filled in. It must once have led to a chapel - probably a guild chapel used by the Templars to raise funds and recruits for the crusades. The vastness of this arch is an indication of the size and importance of the former chapel (now entirely gone - the current door leads into a vestry put in by Sir Ninian Comper).
Normally the sedelia (the seats in the chancel for the priests officiating at Communion) are limited to three. But here, as you can see there is an extra fourth seat. Was this for the Templar commander?
Traces of medieval wall paintings in the chancel and nave. Originally the colours would have been bright. I think I prefer these muted subtle colours.
This early gothic arch was previously elsewhere in the church and moved to this location by Sir Ninian Comper to decorate the new vestry he put in.
"That's the crown used for our May Queen each year - my daughter has been crowned with it."
There was a magnificent tea laid on for visitors.
Secured by heavy old chains and padlocks this ancient box has been in the church as long as anyone can remember.
"When I was a girl I was fascinated about what might be inside it. The key was lost and no-one had ever seen the box opened. Then about thirty years ago the key was found and the box opened and what a disappointment - there was nothing in it at all!"