Wool, Wiltshire and All Manner of Wonderful Things!

Last week’s exploration took us into Gloucestershire- it still is a novelty to me to cross all these county boundaries after the huge expanse of North Yorkshire- I expect I will stop banging on about it one day!

So welcome into this rather gorgeous and little known village- shame about the grit bin, but tells me there will be ice come Winter.

I love looking back into my family history and one branch of my maternal line brings me here. I have a wonderfully named Athaliah in the family who was born in Fairford. Her Mother Hannah was born in Quenington as was her mother Hannah and her father John. Athaliah’s father Anthony married her mother Hannah in this village. By my reckoning I have at least four ancestors buried in the church yard.

The parish church records are available online through Ancestry, and as original documents I can see that all signed their names with a X, none were able to read and write. I wonder what they would make of me gaily typing this on a computer on my knee. I think they would be pleased that education was available for us all in the West now.

Most of the surviving gravestones have been moved to a side wall and are illegible so I don’t know where under the grass my family lie, but they are here, In all probability they may never had gravestones which would have been beyond their means. Anthony and John were both agricultural labourer. John lived to the ripe old age of 82! Poor Hannah his wife to just 39.

I love these hens and the cockerill, that were rootling around this gravestone, a scene that might have been from the 1700-1800s when my family lived here.

The church was largely rebuilt in Victorian times after my family had moved on, but there remain original features, and it is quite special to think that what I can see and touch were seen and touched by Hannah, Hannah , John and Anthony.

This 12th Century door frame with its intricate stone carvings perhaps?

This gargoyle, one of many now inside the church, or was it a Saint’s head that survived the Reformation?

Or ths splendid porch? Apparently it depicts hell! The church was originally dedicated to St Mary, but post reformation became St Saviour.

Now churches by and large are still closed due to you know what, so I was totally thrilled that it was OPEN when we went as a lady and her daughter were decorating the church for the daughter’s wedding the following day, and they were happy to allow me in for a look round as they worked.

I was excited to read the date on the font.

1662- this was then the font at which John and the two Hannahs were baptised. I couldn’t explore much of the church as the flower ladies needed the space so we left but not till Mr E had draw my attention to

this tile on the floor. Humph!

We had a little walk round the village- golly it is pretty, lovely Cotswold stone , but mostly post date my connection to the village.

This is clearly one of the two mills mentioned in village history- one was for flour the other for paper making.

A bonny village to have connections too. I feel blessed to be able to come here, and think of where the family came from. From here Hannah and Anthony’s daughter went to live in Fairford and thence to Liverpool via London. I have come a complete circle, almost…

Comments on: "Quenington- forward to the past." (44)

  1. All that history! So wonderful to walk where your ancestors once walked!

  2. A very pretty church! We have skulls on graves in ours, quite common I believe though strange to us. Mind you only poor people used to live in the country and that’s often the other way around now too! πŸ˜„

  3. How fascinating to walk in the footsteps of your ancestors. Family history is so interesting. A lovely village x

  4. Your family came from a lovely part of the world , I know that church wellπŸ‘’

  5. So cool! And you weren’t that far away from me in Oxfordshire!

    • I know Oxfordshire well having lived near Woodstock for 9 years! We have already had a walk at Uffington-the view from the White Horse was wonderful.

  6. How lucky are you to be able to walk in their footsteps. Thank you Cathy for sharing.
    The pub sounds good. Look forward to that episode 😊

  7. Thank you for writing this post. That church is gorgeous and I’m glad you got to go in! And how amazing that you were able to make so many connections with it!

  8. It’s great to be able to visit places of your ancestry, such a pretty village too.

  9. Fascinating to find these connections to your heritage, especially that old font. Old churches are so interesting.

  10. What a lovely place, and how interesting to have that family connection to the town! Thank you for sharing your photos and the story of your visit πŸ™‚

    • I am pleased you enjoyed the post. I get pretty excited about being in the steps of my ancestors I worry I get a bit carried away.

      • It was very interesting! I would get carried away too! Family tree research is so interesting in any case, and to go see the place where your family members once lived and the church they attended is just beyond cool πŸ™‚

  11. That is a very beautiful area. How fortunate to be able to find your family connections there.

  12. Great to be able to visit places connected to your family history so easily. Looks an interesting church.

    • Can’t wait for restrictions to finally go, so I have proper access. I was so lucky to be there when it was open for the wedding flowers. Coincidence being what life ofen is they were not local it was the groom who was local and the ladies came from a village in Sussex next to the one we lived in ages ago!

  13. Fabulous! How wonderful to get the feel of the place where your ancestors lived and worked, and expereince all those hatches, matches and dispatches.
    I know that feeling of standing at a font where once your forebear stood. I took my grandchildren to stand at the font where their Great-great-great-great-grandmother, Caroline, had stood when her children were baptised. She too could only sign with a cross.
    You are having some wonderful adventures. Thanks for taking us along too.

    • These people were my 4th times great grandparents, so if I took my grandchildren, wow it would be 6 times! It is very special to be where they were, and to appreciate the chances and life we have compared to what theirs must have been.

  14. It’s nice that you were able to go into the church and follow in the footsteps of your ancestors. I like the doorway and the date on the font, and the last photo looks very pretty πŸ™‚

  15. This is wonderful! As a huge history nerd, this really made my heart sing … it must be fantastic to be able to visit the same exact spot your ancestors frequented 400 years ago. Wow.

    • The houses may have changed and the landscape, but the church is often unchanged and with records you can know that yes these people from one’s family were here, and it is a real connection that you feel.

  16. What a wonderful tour, and how lovely you are able to walk in the footsteps of your forebears! The font in particular is amazing.

    • To see that date and to know that this was the font at which at least three people who helped make me were baptised was incredibly moving.

  17. Your rummaging about in your family history has certainly reaped its rewards hasn’t it?
    Mine doesn’t bear thinking about although maybe the further back I go the better it will get.

  18. Your move is blessing us with all sorts of interesting trips into the countryside! I love these posts so much, as I almost never get out!

  19. How lovely to be able to make that connection with your forebears, to touch and see things they touched and saw. You were literally walking inside your own history πŸ™‚

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