Thursday Doors – Abbots Langley

IMG_1162

This is the tower door of the Church of St Lawrence in Abbots Langley. While it’s believed there was originally a Saxon church on the site, the current church was built around 1150 AD, just four years before Nicholas Breakspeare, a resident of the parish, became the first and only English Pope, Adrian IV.

IMG_1164

The church is a lovely Norman building of local flint, with a square tower and timber lych gate. The graveyard is huge, following the irregular curved shape characteristic of Saxon enclosures, hinting at an earlier history. It also boasts some very large trees, including this rather spectacular redwood.

IMG_1160

There are so many stories to be found in old churchyards, the gravestone inscriptions telling tales of love, loss and family.  So today when I was in the village I decided to make a quick visit, as it the weather was so nice. And I’m glad that I did.

IMG_1159

Thus ends my entry into this week’s Thursday Doors Challenge, courtesy of Norm 2.0 – pop on over and check out some more doors, or add one of your own.

 

17 thoughts on “Thursday Doors – Abbots Langley

  1. You take gorgeous pictures. Might I ask what kind of camera? Ordinary smartphone, by any chance? I love the way your picture posts just quickly grab me, and for a few minutes transport me to the other side of the world – then, bing, I’m back in my Canadian existence, a little richer for the experience.

    1. Thanks Angelika – it’s just my trusty IPhone 6. It does take pretty nice pictures in terms of quality, that’s for sure. And that’s so nice of you to say – it’s all I can ask for, that my posts transport people somewhere else for a little while. 🙂

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s