This morning we motored down into Essex (Halstead) to attend a meeting of the Highdale U3A Collector's Club. After an early lunch (a very light one- our own choice) at the end of the meeting with the Club, we motored home and decided to make a short detour to have another look at the Little Maplestead Round Church. There are four of these strange little buildings in England, and one in Scotland - which is in ruins.
The Little Halstead one is a pretty little building, which has been (according to the guidebook in the Church) in its present form since around the year 1240.
The top photo is of the west end of the Church. The lower one is of the South side of the Church. It's well worth a visit. It can be found by running North from Sudbury, and a few miles south of Halstead, turning right towards Little Maplestead, where the church may be found in a tangle of lanes.
There is a WW1 memorial inside the Church on the North side wall - only three men of the village died in that war (which is the least I've ever seen!!!!!). Later we talked to an elderly man, working in the churchyard (he described himself as the general dogsbody of the church) and he said this was because the whole surrounding area is agricultural, and farm working was a protected (?) occupation, all of this was true enough; but I know of far too many country churches in similar circumstances which have twenty or so names on the WW1 memorial. He also told us that most Sundays the congregation consists of between twelve and fifteen people, even now.
Ann is calling me up to supper, so must close now.