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.