We’ve been here before, when I was working as a pusher of antiquity on my family. Elkstone Village, and the Church of St John the Evangelist. So, this time, come view the church in various impressions of sunlight, shadow, and secret doorways…
Or secret spring visitors to the flowers in the graveyard.
Exotic growths on trees in the churchyard.
The snowdrops give their last gasp, behind a chummy pair of grave markers.
Oh, right, there’s the church, still and peaceful in the sunshine.
My newer camera has a decent zoom! Check out the waterspout at the top of the bell tower.
See the contrast between the older-style wooden roof and the newer bell tower arches. You are stepping right across history.
Reflections bounce through the small space. See how the altar looks like it is glowing? That’s natural sunlight.
I find this memorial rather magnificent. I’m not sure if it is more or less spooky in clear daylight.
The … crocodile? wolf? dragon? at the end of the zig-zag Norman arch.
A clearer image of St. John. The Green Dragon in his cup represents the poison he drank … and gives name to the snug pub just down the road. (Our drinks there were perfectly poison-free.)
The light in this corner still fascinates me.
Today, the spiral staircase to the dovecote was open!
No doves to be found, only more quiet and peace.
Perhaps an unusual view, of the return to the church from the dovecote. I enjoy more rarely-viewed perspectives like these, they make me feel more homey in a place.
The beautiful stained glass over the altar. (1929 Virgin and Child by Henry Payne of Amberley) Such a better image than I was able to capture previously.
An almost delicate winged dragon? lion? holds up one end of the larger norman arch around the altar window.
And more fascinating quiet corners in the churchyard.