TL2256 : Abbotsley: St Margaret

taken 9 years ago, near to Abbotsley, Cambridgeshire, England

Abbotsley: St Margaret
Abbotsley: St Margaret
The 1930s purple prose of "The King's England" declares: "Whoever comes here and looks up to the church tower's battlemented parapet may see two enemies who fought in Scotland and two who fought in England. It is long since they drew their swords, and now they watch over this pleasant countryside, looking down on thatched cottages that have been here perhaps ten generations ... [T]he four warrior kings [stand] on handsome pedestals, two modern and two perhaps 16th century. The modern figures stand for the Conqueror and our Saxon Harold, looking over the England one lost and the other won; and the old figures are said to be Macbeth and Malcolm, who met on that day when Birnam Wood came to Dunsinane. We may imagine that the schoolboys of Abbotsley like to look up to these four soldiers on their church tower and remember the great pages of history and literature in which they figure." Arthur Mee did not speculate on what the schoolgirls of the village might or might not have thought.

For a closer view of the top of the tower, see TL2256 : Abbotsley: St Margaret - the top of the tower.

The church, shaded by fine horse chestnuts, in flower on a bright May morning, is Grade II* listed: LinkExternal link .

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John Sutton   (more nearby)
Date Taken
Wednesday, 27 May, 2015   (more nearby)
Thursday, 28 May, 2015
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TL 2277 5653 [10m precision]
WGS84: 52:11.6009N 0:12.3190W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TL 2281 5651
View Direction
West-northwest (about 292 degrees)
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