Swindon is one of those towns which has grown and grown and grown. We have moved to an area known as St Andrew’s Ridge, once open fields and part of the parish of Blunsden village. The open space below our home is open purely because it is the site of Roman remains. You can’t go far in Wiltshire without coming across old religious sites- I mean Stonehenge, Avebury- and here on the hill in front of us was a sacred spring, which in due course the Romans built some temple like structure- I have still to investigate further.
A bit of internet research told me our local church is called St Andrews, and wasn’t too far to walk. So I set off down one of the many footpaths that meander between houses.
Open spaces like the one on the left are plentiful, as are shrubs and trees for birds and squirrels. After a while I emerged onto
Lady Lane- proper countryside- the road has been closed to traffic which was using it as a rat run. I headed uphill, to yet another housing development underway then down the wonderfully named Tadpole Lane.
To the left was an unmade road leading to the church.
Oh my, a nooky little road going down to the sweetest of little churches.
With a view across to an old Abbey, now in private hands as a retirement home and caravan park.
The back of the church had a bench
where I enjoyed the view
Yes, here on the outskirts of a modern sprawling and not too attractive town is a village church with rural views. I couldn’t go in the church in these horrid times, but had an explore of the churchyard.
Rather elaborate headstone,
an interesting gate to somewhere,
a bit of rambling ground- couldn’t tell if it was part of the graveyard- no graves and accessed from a side gate. Now I couldn’t as I say go in the church but it’s old, as you can tell from the list of vicars in the porch.
That’s it 1299 the first one. I can’t find much about the church on the internet but here’s a link to some interior photos.
I think I shall spend many a time on that bench with that view. Love to know if anyone else has a favourite bench with a view.