a lifetime burning

By Sheol

Plenty of time for sleep ...

Wide Wednesday: Queen Charlton

This is the church of St Margaret in Queen Charlton just South of Bristol.  I stopped off on my way home tonight via a detour to take this shot for my blip.  St Margaret's is a beautiful church and much in demand for weddings in this part of the world...

Queen Charlton itself s a tiny village with a handful of houses and farms and no post office or shop.  The village was just plain old Charlton back in medieval times.  The "Queen" element of the name was added when the village formed a royal gift from a King to his Queen.

When Henry VIII dissolved the monasteries he took Charlton (which was  part of nearby Keynsham Abbey's estate) and gave it to his Queen at the time, Catherine Parr.  If you remember your history and the rhyme "divorced, beheaded, died, divorced, beheaded, survived", Catherine Parr was the last of his Queens and the one that survived.

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