Elder, Ash, Hazel, Oak & Hornbeam. The trees of the British pilgrimage landscape re-emerge from winter hibernation.
Rembrant’s images of pilgrims - note the upturned felt hat with pilgrim badges displayed, and the staff, and the water bottle borne on the back. Classic Pilgrimwear.
This is the Bloody Point - where in 851 King Athelstan (son of Alfred) fought and defeated a huge Danish army and captured 9 of their ships, after they had been raiding and burning London and Canterbury. On the Finisterre path of the #OldWay #pilgrimage.
The wilderness beneath our feet... #pilgrimage #rewild #connect #journey #discover #seek #oldway
Test, Itchen, Hamble, Meon, Wallington, Hermitage, Ems, Bosham, Lavant, Arun, Adur, Ouse, Cuckmere, Brede, Rother, Nailbourne, Stour. The Rivers of the Old Way Pilgrimage to Canterbury. Each offers a pilgrimage path from source to sea.
The Boarhunt Yew, sat beside the Saxon church. Legend tells us of a Medieval familynwith nowhere else to go who were permitted to stay in this Yew tree for a winter, with a leather cape above to keep out the rain. Church accommodation goes way back, and has always been flexible! #pilgrimage #oldway
In Titchfield St Peter’s (the oldest church in Hampshire) is the grave of the Earl of Southampton - the ‘fair youth’ who was William Shakespeare’s patron and possible lover, described by Shakespeare ‘the master-mistress of my passion’. The Third Earl - Henry Wriothsley (pronounced Rizlee) is more famous locally for blocking the mouth of the River Meon, ending Titchfield’s once famous international trade. Locals still burn his effigy every year on Nov 5th. On the Old Way pilgrimage to Canterbury. #oldway #pilgrimage #journey #story #england #path #walk #outdoor #seek #wholesome #history
The great Yew of Compton Dundon, Somerset. #pilgrimage #journey #seek #holy #walk #outdoors
St Mary’s Hastingleigh. A huge and lovely church set away from a tiny village. What treasures these open temples among the fields of England!