After my visit to the Rollright Stones I had lunch at a nearby garden centre (Homemade winter vegetable soup and granary bread), a wonderfully thick vegetable broth, hearty and warming. Then I had fun walking round the plants and choose a goodly selection including snowdrops in the green and a climbing rose for my pergola.
Then I journeyed on to Great Rollright, the tiny village where my husband’s grandfather was born. His family originally came from Dorset before ending up here via London and Suffolk. Grandfather was called Percy. His Dad was the village schoolmaster in the 1880’s.
The village is a typical Cotswold village with lovely stone houses, teeny tiny roads and modern houses and far too many cars making it hard to drive. I eventually found a layby near the church and school… Which was why I’d come, and parked up.
St Andrew’s Church. It was that day full of coincidences.. Area I live in St Andrews, school I went to St Andrews, Road I lived in when I met Mr E.. You guessed it St Andrews.
Lovely font I am guessing Percy was christened in.
Peaceful but in need of TLC..
Bank of snowdrops in the churchyard. None of the family died in the village as they moved to Northamptonshire within ten years, according to the Census information.
The school near the church had modern buildings but also an old building. Now schoolteachers back in the day were provided with a house to live in. So I took a guess that there might be a school house close by. And there was, right next door to the school and helpfully named The Old School House.
I love exploring , and when there is even a tentative connection to family history, well just blissful.
Would you agree?
More on Great Rollright can be found here-https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Rollright
Comments on: "Great Rollright" (12)
It looks like a lovely place! Thank you for sharing your adventure 🙂
Lovely photos and great to see the snowdrops!
This is just lovely! Thank you so much for sharing!! I do not know much at all about this lovely little bit of England… thank you for the link as well!
Those Cotswold villages are very pretty. I was sad to hear the Church is a bit unloved and surprised because most of the Cotswolds are fairly well heeled and proud of their community spaces. I love family connections to places too. I found out, after we moved here that my paternal grandfather lived quite near here and knew I had found my way home! The 2 Saints who keep cropping up in my life are St Mark and St Brannoch – I must look up what they are about!
I would definitely agree!! How far from home is this for you? What a treat.
No distance reall, about 35 miles, but on country roads that are twisty.
Exploring is better with family history and family history is better with exploring!
So very true!
Lots of lovely connections.
What is St Andrew the patron of? Must look it up.
I found this:
What does Saint Andrew help with?
Andrew is the patron saint of singers, spinsters, maidens, fishmongers, fishermen, women wanting to be mothers, gout and sore throats. He is known for his intercession for them, continuing his prayers after death.
I had to laugh at gout and sore throats – what a stange mix of things.
Fascinating..I was a school girl, and all I wanted was to be Mum and my Achille’s heel is my throat, so maybe no wonder he crops up all the time in my life(
Another thing we have in common – I only wanted to be a Mum too.
And it looks like St. Andrew has been helping you along the way. 🙂