Thursday, 17 June 2010

Some Ramblers Snapshots

Here are some snapshots taken during our recent Ragged Ramble to Cambridgeshire and Lincolnshire... enjoy!

Croyland Abbey.

Medieval statues of saints intact in their niches at Croyland Abbey.

Ramblers, ragged in varying degrees, stroll through Croyland Abbey

Medieval bridge at Croyland, with weather worn statue - presumably robbed out from the post-Reformation abbey just down the street.

The precipitous spire of Glinton church

Medieval irreverence - made us all laugh out loud! (Glinton church)

Ragged Rambler with well-laden picnic basket.

Early eighteenth century gravestone in Glinton church yard.

Helpstone church

A nineteenth century cast-iron table tomb

A beautifully planted graveyard at Helpstone.

Above, the grave of the Nineteenth century poet, John Clare, in Helpstone church yard. 
Below, is the comment left by one of the Ramblers in the church comment book four years earlier...

Date of death, 1627! This is certainly the oldest outdoor gravestone we have encountered.


  1. The gravestone of 1627 is particularly interesting. Just think in the very year Rebekah Bateman died and was buried in the ground England declared war with France because of Buckingham's squabbles with Richelieu and his abortive attempt to take a fleet to help French Huguenots defend La Rochelle. It was also the year that the dramatist Thomas Middleton died and Francis Bacon wrote his 'New Atlantis. Whilst on the International front Reykjavik was attacked by pirates, the Moghal Emperor and tyrannical ruler of Delhi, Jahangir died only to be replaced by his even more tyrannical son who had all his relations killed in order to secure his position, whilst in the same year Rembrandt painted 'The money Changer'.

    Rebekah Bateman died in interesting times!

  2. Dear Mr. Many Coats,

    Your knowledge of comparative world history never ceases to amaze me!