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All Saints, Minstead

We spent a day in the New Forest on our recent little break. Mr E announced he wanted to visit the church of All Saints in Minstead. I love a rural church every bit as much as a local museum, so I was very happy at his request, and even happier with our destination, which may have a surprise for you.

The neat and tidy approach gave way to a most wonderfully atmospheric grave yard.

Fabulous graves, this one with an angel.

And this one , at the foot of which Mr E came to an abrupt halt. Can you read the inscription.

That really does say Conan Doyle, the creator of Sherlock Holmes. We paid homage to the great man. Apparently he was originally buried in 1930 in the garden of his house in Crowborough, East Sussex, but his wife had always wanted them to be buried side by side together in Minstead. In 1955 his family fullfilled her wish and here they are. The Rector at the time was too not happy about this as Conan Doyle was very keen on spiritualism, so the grave is as far away from the church as he could possibly site it.


These most wonderful old pews and for the knees of the worshippers, some beautiful kneelers.

Aren’t they just fabulous? What a treat.

Hope you enjoyed the quick visit.

Comments on: "All Saints, Minstead" (33)

  1. I love old cemeteries as well. Nice surprise there for you. Love reading Sherlock Holmes. That needlepoint must have taken the church ladies ages to complete! So very beautiful. My mother was good at it but I never caught on to it no matter how hard I tried. Always love the end result.

  2. That is so cool Cathy. And those cushions are amazing. 🙂

  3. Wow, looks a wonderful place to visit x

  4. I love everything about this post!

  5. I could spend all day in that overgrown cemetery, just meandering and reading stones. How cool that Conan Doyle is there, too! The kneelers are beautiful–I would pick my seat in the church so I could study the one with poppies!

    • It was a lovely cemetery. The man cutting grass had made little paths through to graves which were clearly visited regularly, new flowers on them, but the rest was wild, it was perfect.

  6. What a lovely little visit, thank you 🙂

  7. Such pretty kneelers – I suspect Minstead might have an active and creative W.I.

  8. Those are just wonderful!

  9. Murtagh's Meadow said:

    Like you I love the old graveyards and yes the kneelers are so pretty. What a lovely find.

    • It was just lovely, and I really liked the long grass which so added to the graveyard and was of course good for wildlife.

  10. How lovely to so unexpectedly discover where the creator of Sherlock Holmes is buried – and I see someone thoughtfully supplied him a suitable pipe also. Beautiful kneelers!!

  11. How interesting. I have been to Minstead years ago with the children not sure that we went to the church though. (Shame there is no regular bus any more. Only the New Forest bus that only runs in the summer and you have to pay!!) Beautiful kneelers.

  12. thoughts36 said:

    I like looking round graveyards. But spooky or what? Not the graveyard but the fact I’m right now just having a break from reading a book set in the village of……Minstead! 😱 I’m 85% of the way through and it’s all getting very thrilling and there’s murders and everything. The Last Stage by Louise Voss. But what a coincidence.

    • Oh my, that is a coincidence. It is a lovely village! I am going to see if we have the book in the library.

      • thoughts36 said:

        Might be a bit soon for the library, it was only published in paperback (no hardback) on 11 July. Orenda Books (publisher)

    • They do, I have reserved it. Thank you.

      • thoughts36 said:

        Oh that’s good. What an excellent library you have. Hope you enjoy it, a bit of a slow burner but the ending is getting scarily good 😃

  13. That piggy kneeler! Love it 🙂

  14. Lovely. Fascinating. Love the kneelers.

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