By Hyperion

The English Village - Stories in Time

I had to travel up to East Devon today, and had the opportunity for a short walk around the lovely old village of Sidbury. The houses are clustered around the parish church of St Giles and walking through the old village, it feels as though you are stepping back in time. WG Hoskins considered the church one of the most interesting in Devon. 
Wikipedia states "The Church of St Peter and St Giles has a Norman tower topped with a spire, a Saxon crypt, a gunpowder storage room dating from the Napoleonic era and a 500-year-old font. The tower has eight bells, the earliest dating from 1662 and 1663. Six more were hung in 1712, 1750, 1752, 1776 and two in 1947 to complete the present eight. Both the tower and the rest of the church are Norman but the tower was accurately rebuilt in 1884. The north aisle is possibly 13th century and the south porch Perpendicular. The windows are medieval and of various periods; the octagonal font is Perpendicular. The church is a Grade I listed building. The actress Joan Hickson, known for her lead role in the television series Miss Marple, is buried in the churchyard under her married name of Joan Bogle Butler."

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