I know I should have done this prior to our 25th Wedding Anniversary, but I forgot I had taken the photo's of the church where we were married when we were in England in February. So here they are.
(as always if you click on the photo's you will get a bigger image)
This is St. Lawrence Church in Appleby.
The information I am about to tell you is mainly from this link. Have to say the photo's are a whole lot better than mine as well!!!
The earliest part of the church was built in the 12th century, pretty old eh!!! It also has the oldest English working organ, which of course I didn't take a photo of, and dates back to 1683.
Here is the baptismal font, where both of our kids where baptised, and if I remember rightly "T" wasn't a happy camper about having water splashed on his head, while "C" was fine about it. Mind you "T" was six months old, whereas "C" was six weeks old. We moved house when "T" was little so the Christening was put on the back burner.
I was also confirmed in this church, as well as being married in the church.
Here are a couple photo's of the stained glass windows.
and the other one.
Here is the Alabaster Figure as a memorial by Lady Anne to her mother Margaret, Countess of Cumberland.
The church is open to the public, and we signed the guest book, and of course left a donation. That is the first time we had been in the church in many years. In fact it was the first time we had been right down in the town in years. We called in three years ago when dh's mother passed on to view her body and call in to see our next door neighbour who we have kept in touch with. I have to say I was shocked by the changes in the town, but as my mother pointed out to me, it is us that has changed not everyone else........I agree to a certain extent.
There is a castle in Appleby also, but is not open to the public anymore, not sure why. That also dates back to 1100's here is a link to more about that. One of the houses where we lived, when we looked out of our kitchen window, we could see the castle, didn't appreciate it then of course, but would love that view now!! Click here to learn more about Appleby.
So there you go a little bit of history.
(A side note for Paula, this post took me around half an hour to do, as I deleted my photos, so had to reload those, plus I had to do a little research to find links etc.)