One Hundred and Thirty Ancestors in a Graveyard!

One Hundred and Thirty Ancestors in a Graveyard!

Darren Dendy is tracing his ancestors. In Itchingfield churchyard, near Horsham in West Sussex, there are one hundred and thirty Dendys buried there. There is likely to be more. Darren takes me around to look at some of the gravestones and the burial registers in the church, and explains why he is so fascinated with […]

Ringer Ollie and St Margaret’s in West Hoathly

Ringer Ollie and St Margaret's in West Hoathly

Today I am exploring the lovely parish church of St Margarets in West Hoathly, a beautiful, tucked out-of-the-way village in East Sussex. Young bell ringing enthusiast, Ollie, tells me all about the lovely church and more about his fascinating hobby. Built in the early Norman period, St Margarets has had various changes over the centuries, […]

Everything You Wanted to Know About Lichen

Everything You Wanted to Know About Lichen

Today I meet up with Mike Dixon, a Lichen enthusiast. Together we spend a pleasant morning searching the churchyard of St Lawrence church in Falmer, East Sussex for the wonderful organism that grows on tombstones, as well as trees, wood and brick. A lichen is a composite organism that arises from algae or cyanobacteria living […]

St Peter’s Church in Newdigate, Surrey, explored.

St Peter's Church in Newdigate, Surrey, explored.

The Lovely Julia and I are in Surrey today to explore the wonderful church there. St Peter’s is rather special because of it’s16th century oak bell tower boasting six bells. The pub of the same name is bang across the road. The church is wonderful with some fascinating features and the churchyard enhanced with a […]