Day fifteen of my photography challenge – 3 local churches.
I needed 15 photographs from today’s photography and decided that I would split these into 3 lots of 5 images taken in three different places. I had been thinking of photographing in some of the local churchyards and felt that today would be a good day to explore this idea. For my locations I picked 3 churches close to home; Ramsholt, Bawdsey, and Boyton.
My first stop was All saints Church at Ramsholt. I love this little church sitting in its hill top location looking out over the waters of the River Deben. It is such a peaceful place and looks really pretty whatever the season. Last time I visited, a few weeks ago, the churchyard was full of snowdrops. Today it was a glorious yellow field of daffodils.
Ramsholt is one of only 38 round tower churches in Suffolk and dates back to medieval times.
Spring seemed to be very much in evidence as I wandered around with little bits of blossom dotted around here and there, but it was really the daffodils which were the main attraction today and provided the main focus for my images.
My second stop was St Mary’s Church in Bawdsey. The village of Bawdsey is recorded in the Domesday Book (1086) with a church which was most likely a timber building. This was replaced by a solid stone structure in the 12th century but none of this survives. The current Nave is now thought to date from about 1210 and pillars and arches from this period are now visible in the outside fabric of the building.
The feel of Bawdsey churchyard was very different to that of Ramsholt. It was much more shady which made photography more difficult due to the high contrasts in the landscape. I decided that the images would work better in black and white for this reason.
My final church was St Andrews at Boyton. This characterful knapped flint building sits in a really peaceful location next to the 18th Century Mary Warner almshouses. The church is mostly early Victorian but it retains some of its original features including a Norman arch doorway. The churchyard is maintained as a conservation area and was full of daffodils with some beautiful little hidden corners.
Churchyards are not somewhere I explore very regularly but my visits today show that they are often little wildlife oases and can contain some really beautiful natural areas.