Small and simple

During my recent trip to England, I had a lovely outing to Clayton Church:

An ancient church mentioned in the Domesday Book (1086).

Clayton Church

The church loomed out of the sunlight

And the old wooden door looked like something out of a film set.

Domesday church copy

 

The simple yet elegant windows

Looked inviting.

Window

Going around to the back of the church,

I could see the ancient walls

Next to the more modern part to the left.

Old walls

The view from the back

Was stunning too.

View

Apart from its great age, the church is most famous

For having some of the oldest murals in England,

Painted by monks somewhere between 1080 and 1150.

These remarkable wall paintings were forgotten

And then re-discovered some 700 years later during restoration of the church.

Where there is ruin, there is hope for treasure. — Rumi

Murals

For more treasure, please visit: Our World. 

 

92 responses

  1. Don

    Beautiful. I just love the different textures on the outside walls.

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    March 31, 2014 at 15:36

  2. Jim

    Simply amazing. When things were made to last. Thanks for sharing this Fiona.

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    March 31, 2014 at 15:45

  3. Your photos remind me of why I concentrated on English Literature during my post-graduate studies. Thanks for helping me conjure up fond memories. Lovely shots, Lady Fi.

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    March 31, 2014 at 15:47

  4. A beautiful church, steeped high with stories, love it.

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    March 31, 2014 at 15:52

  5. Beautiful old church. I especially love the inside. And the view is terrific.

    Maybe Spring is finally coming to our area this week… I hope so since it has been a LONG winter and a crazy one!!!!

    Hugs,
    Betsy

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    March 31, 2014 at 16:01

  6. Pat

    What a wonderful opportunity to be able to visit and photograph such an ancient, historic place!

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    March 31, 2014 at 16:34

  7. What a fascinating church. The interior is beautiful, and it’s a miracle that the mural was discovered after being covered for so many centuries.

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    March 31, 2014 at 16:35

  8. really neat! and spooky, too!

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    March 31, 2014 at 16:36

  9. Beautiful photos of a beautiful place!

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    March 31, 2014 at 17:07

  10. The church itself is the most precious jewel. And how perfect having the headstones at the back with buried treasure.

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    March 31, 2014 at 17:19

  11. Ancient history never fails to fascinate me — particularly since I live in such a young country!! This is such an incredible place and how wonderful that it has been saved! So much history!! Your captures are superb as always, Fiona!! Thanks for sharing the beauty — as always, too!!

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    March 31, 2014 at 17:50

  12. nocolebolo


    Nice chapel and great photos too. I love that cemetery.

    · hugs

    · CR · & · LMA ·

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    March 31, 2014 at 18:36

  13. What a beautiful building and a monument to design and building techniques. It’s weathered exterior is fascinating, isn’t it? The murals inside are also beautiful. They remind me a little of those in Eds kyrka at Upplands-Väsby (built around 1100) the interior of which was painted by a well known medieval artist Albertus Pictor.

    I still can’t get my head around the history of places like this. I come from such a “young” nation and it can be hard to believe that this was all here over 700 years before the First Fleet landed on the shores of Botany Bay in 1788. It is something that I discussed one day while walking in Stockholm with one of my Canadian friends. We were both spellbound by the architecture in Gamla Stan and the age of the town, much to the bemusement of our Swedish partners to whom all of this is quite normal. 🙂

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    March 31, 2014 at 19:03

  14. I love all the old churches in England and Europe…beautiful!!!

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    March 31, 2014 at 19:12

  15. What glorious images! The tombstones tell quite the tale too, don’t they? The history lesson is remarkable as are the photos!

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    March 31, 2014 at 20:06

  16. Thanks for the soulful tour♥

    Aloha

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    March 31, 2014 at 20:11

  17. That is a very old church, indeed. Thanks for sharing it and the ancient mural with us. Your photos are remarkable, as always.

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    March 31, 2014 at 20:15

  18. Great shots of the beautiful church.

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    March 31, 2014 at 20:48

  19. Thank you so much for taking us there. Beautiful – and awe inspiring. And beautiful. Did I mention beautiful yet?

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    March 31, 2014 at 20:58

  20. I love the Rumi quote. That’s why I love to travel and explore old things. Beautiful church.

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    March 31, 2014 at 21:07

  21. Gorgeous! I love old churches and enjoyed the quote. Thanks so much 🙂

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    March 31, 2014 at 21:11

  22. Magnificent old church! Great pictures!

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    March 31, 2014 at 21:30

  23. What a beautiful little church from all the different points of view. I love to see the typical English churchyard too.

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    March 31, 2014 at 21:34

  24. An old church and undulatijng fields. Couldn’t be more English. Nicely done. 🙂

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    March 31, 2014 at 21:48

  25. Marvelous, thanks for the tour! Such an old building. It looks like it was a splendid day. You can tell the windows were a later addition patched in. (The Gothic arch wasn’t developed until the late Renaissance.) Can’t wait to see more pics of your visit!

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    March 31, 2014 at 21:51

  26. What a delightful tour you’ve given us Lady Fi – thank you for sharing this part of history.

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    April 1, 2014 at 00:21

  27. wow…absolutely love the texture of the walls…so much history in them…..
    sooo cool….

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    April 1, 2014 at 01:02

  28. Beautiful! I’d probably be wandering through the cemetery!

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    April 1, 2014 at 01:19

  29. It is a beautiful church inside and out! The countryside nearby is pretty too. Lovely images! Have a happy week!

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    April 1, 2014 at 01:29

  30. My goodness, now that IS old.
    What a special pleasure it must have been to visit.
    Thank you for sharing here.

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    April 1, 2014 at 01:44

  31. Beautiful architecture. I’m glad the mural was rediscovered.

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    April 1, 2014 at 02:20

  32. Hudson Howl

    Hard to imagine, stone an mortar can possess the quality of warmth in this structure and it’s surfaces. The patina of centuries brought about by environment, destruction and reconstruction brings out that grand maternal glow -more skin then inert mass. One sense this was built with hands and sweat, broken bones and worst.

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    April 1, 2014 at 03:25

  33. Wonderful. Better history for most all of us than any fancy cathedral or castle. This is the place OUR ancestors might have spent time . Wonderful.

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    April 1, 2014 at 04:46

  34. miyahde

    Dearest Ladyfi;
    We have old temples to proud of but these exotic places (An ancient church!!!) are really fantastic for me☆☆☆
    Have a wonderful new week♪

    Sending you Lots of Love and Hugs from Japan, xoxo Miyako*

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    April 1, 2014 at 06:05

  35. Old churches always have a story to tell. I love wandering around them.

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    April 1, 2014 at 08:34

  36. Nice photos of the church!

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    April 1, 2014 at 09:00

  37. Lovely captures!!

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    April 1, 2014 at 09:13

  38. Those photos are gorgeous! Wonderful framing! Beautiful church!

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    April 1, 2014 at 09:28

  39. Beautiful!
    A lot of history in those walls.
    M/

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    April 1, 2014 at 10:15

  40. If only those walls could speak – they simply ooze history!

    btw. The perfect setting for *The Woman in White* by Wilkie Collins,

    Wherever I travel, I’m always on the lookout for what (book/movie) could be shot there! (Maybe a closet movie location spotter?).

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    April 1, 2014 at 11:01

  41. und doch wunderschön
    LG vom katerchen

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    April 1, 2014 at 11:25

  42. indrani

    Wow! fascinating.
    I like such old stuffs.

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    April 1, 2014 at 11:49

  43. A wonderful serie!

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    April 1, 2014 at 11:54

  44. Beautiful photos ! I love these old churches in England !

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    April 1, 2014 at 11:56

  45. I remember hearing about the discovery of the mural – isn’t it gorgeous!

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    April 1, 2014 at 12:32

  46. VERY beautiful…and the post you shared, so very interesting. I really like the ‘arrow’ that points down to the door made of stone/brick.

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    April 1, 2014 at 12:32

  47. The whole of England can look like a film set at times! I wonder how many other secrets lie under the paint of otherwise ordinary parish churches – apparently many of the Cathedrals were painted in very bright colours, before they were “made over” in later years.

    Nice pictures.

    Cheers – Stewart M – Melbourne

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    April 1, 2014 at 12:53

  48. Wow! Awesome.

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    April 1, 2014 at 13:15

  49. Thanks for letting us tag along on your adventure. Isn’t it amazing that the murals had been covered up but have since been restored.

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    April 1, 2014 at 14:05

  50. looks like a very interesting place to visit.

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    April 1, 2014 at 14:06

  51. Wonderful photos of this lovely church!

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    April 1, 2014 at 14:24

  52. Hi! Nice captures. I knew what was the Domesday Book for the first time. I feel weight of the history from your photos. Thanks for sharing.

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    April 1, 2014 at 14:29

  53. Amazing artwork on the walls, and the setting of the church is just beautiful!!! I love that view over the fields!

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    April 1, 2014 at 14:33

  54. These ancient churches are so inspiring for novel writers like Jane Austen was and Daphne du Maurier, who wrote about those small and ancient churches in Cornwall. Lovely post, thank you!

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    April 1, 2014 at 14:34

  55. Beautiful photographs – I also love the textures on these old structures.

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    April 1, 2014 at 14:54

  56. Such a beautiful church just overflowing with history.

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    April 1, 2014 at 15:55

  57. Interesting quote along with amazing pictures! “Where there is ruin, there is hope for treasure.” So true…

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    April 1, 2014 at 17:09

  58. Oh my, how magnificent.
    Wonderful captures!
    How I would love to see that old church ‘with my own eyes’
    We visited Scotland and England a few years ago and did visit some beautiful old churches.

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    April 1, 2014 at 18:05

  59. Such exquisite beauty and history in this church! If only the walls could talk!

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    April 1, 2014 at 18:05

  60. WOW! What a dreamy structure. How wonderful that you got to see it, thanks for sharing! I absolutely love it.

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    April 1, 2014 at 18:06

  61. Beautiful church and some lovely photo editing and great photos for OWT ~ xoxo

    artmusedog and carol

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    April 1, 2014 at 18:51

  62. JM

    Love those weathered walls!

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    April 1, 2014 at 19:37

  63. Simple, yet stunning. It looks as if the windows were replaced during it’s long history.

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    April 1, 2014 at 20:14

  64. Such a beautiful building…. and great snippet of English history

    Mollyxxx

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    April 1, 2014 at 20:30

  65. Love the different shades of grey…And visiting old cemeteries? Anytime.

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    April 1, 2014 at 20:58

  66. very inspiring church. It has much details and stories to tell.

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    April 1, 2014 at 21:46

  67. questa patina del tempo si è posata su ogni cosa, e sembra ricordarci che tutto scorre nella vita, e lento passa
    magnifico reportage, mi ha emozionata

    This patina of time has placed on everything, and it seems to remind us that everything flows in life, and slow passes
    magnificent report, I was excited

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    April 1, 2014 at 23:02

  68. Such a long history. We have to make sure places like this are preserved.

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    April 1, 2014 at 23:02

  69. Beautiful! The old murals are well preserved. Happy Tuesday 🙂

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    April 1, 2014 at 23:24

  70. thesmittenimage

    So much history, beauty and character here. Lovely.

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    April 1, 2014 at 23:59

  71. What a beautiful chrch! Your photos are stunning!

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    April 2, 2014 at 04:46

  72. That is so gorgeous. I want to paint it just from your photos!

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    April 2, 2014 at 04:57

  73. Ah, so absolutely wonderful. Thank you for sharing this with us!

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    April 2, 2014 at 06:00

  74. It looks elegant and beautiful.

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    April 2, 2014 at 07:38

  75. cool textures and window 🙂

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    April 2, 2014 at 10:20

  76. That looks so beautiful! and ’round the back even more so! The exterior itself looks so historic, the paintings inside look a little weathered but it is amazing to think that much is preserved in such a long time.

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    April 2, 2014 at 15:58

  77. daryledelstein

    these are lovely, the sunspot bokeh adds to their charm ..makes me want to go to England even more than before

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    April 2, 2014 at 16:07

  78. when it comes to churches…. I like simple!

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    April 2, 2014 at 16:53

  79. Hi Fiona, what a beautiful church. I like reading about its short history bit. And your photography is simply stunning.

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    April 2, 2014 at 19:37

  80. Beautiful photos. Hard to believe any building listed in the Doomsday Book still exists.

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    April 2, 2014 at 23:01

  81. That’s so beautiful.

    Jen

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    April 3, 2014 at 02:04

  82. What a lovely old church. Great photos!

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    April 3, 2014 at 02:35

  83. Al

    What a classic old church, and classic English weather!

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    April 3, 2014 at 03:07

  84. I’m so glad you had the opportunity to visit there and now to share that wonderful piece of history with us!
    ~Lindy

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    April 3, 2014 at 03:59

  85. Wow that does look straight from the movies. Glad they were able to restore the old murals. That is definitely finding a lost treasure.

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    April 3, 2014 at 04:33

  86. ben

    Absolutely stunning! 😀

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    April 3, 2014 at 10:22

  87. Beautiful old architecture and photos, like the close-up from the window very nice photo

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    April 3, 2014 at 12:45

  88. What an incredible place! The ruin and all are just amazing.

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    April 3, 2014 at 12:51

  89. Wow I could spend all day there! What a beautiful ancient church! 🙂

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    April 4, 2014 at 22:21

  90. Lovely. Historical. Magic.

    I’d LOVE to place a blanket down on the grass and reflect, meditate, and pray all day long. x

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    April 7, 2014 at 22:06

  91. Your photos are beautiful! Thank you so much for sharing.

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    April 23, 2014 at 00:39

  92. That first photo of the church is so magical, it’s like a fairyland.

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    April 27, 2014 at 05:23

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