Yesterday was my birthday, and LS likes to have what he calls a 'memory' of the day to remember. So how did it go, well firstly Jo and David came for a coffee and chatted for a couple of hours and introduced us to the 'gossip' of the village, which is of no importance though a wind turbine, fallen tree on a neighbour's roof did figure largely, breaking the village into two factions;)
My plan had been to have a fondue for our meal, but Pickering did not yield any gruyere cheese, though I found emmenthal. So after lunch we went to Helmsley to Hunter's delicatessen shop, and luckily they had some. We had also decided to have a walk somewhere, so as we had been talking about Sinnington we decided to go there with Lucy, and found what I would call the memory of the day. a church at the top of a hill, my love of churches runs deep!
The river Seven (our river) runs through the village, and it was high and fast, all the rivers that have broken their banks are very dangerous and it is a wonder that hardly anyone has been drowned. but the Seven has some kind of flood defence somewhere apparently. It is a pretty village grouped round a green.
The Church; We walked up the hill to the church with a couple out walking, and they explained the history of the old manor that once stood up on the hill next to the church. All that is left is a 'great hall' on the outside is a 'leprosy' squint window, I think at one time in the 12th century this hall was a convent for a group of nuns from Yedingham.
What makes the church so interesting is the Anglo-Saxon pieces of stone that are built into the fabric of the church, also parts of a Viking hog backed tomb. Sinnington is not far from Lastingham and many of the churches round here still have evidence of the earlier Saxon churches. The following is taken from British History online, which gives the details to the ownership of the manors.
" Preserved in the church or built into the fabric are numerous fragments of pre-Conquest sculpture. Over the porch is a stone carved with a man riding a beast, possibly part of a Norman tympanum, and in the south wall are two cross-heads, one with knotwork and the other with a roughly carved figure of the Crucified and a serpent. Near by is a portion of a shaft with two standing figures. In the west wall inside is the base of a shaft bearing a bound serpent and two other fragments bearing knotwork. Inside the north window is another base of a cross shaft. There are numerous other fragments in various parts of the building, including a hog-back built into the north wall and the base of a shaft on the north side of the quire."
And so to the photos; did I miss the hog back on the North wall I wonder ?
|The leprosy window|
|The Great Hall surrounded by farm buildings.|
|All Saints church|
|Solitary aconite pushing up through the pebbles of the path|
|An entwined dragon ? - http://www.ascorpus.ac.uk/corpus_images_vol3.php?set=653|
|Man riding a beast, over the porch|
And the fondue was delicious, though it did make Lucy sick..... The marmalade was brought from the church sold in aid of a charity in Africa, and still to be opened.
Source of the River Seven high up on the moors outside Rosedale. near Fat Betty!
|Creative commons; Colin Grice/Geograph.|