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All Saints Church at Brixworth in Northamptonshire is the largest English church that remains substantially as it was in the Anglo-Saxon era. It is designated as a Grade I-listed building and is also considered one of England's outstanding church buildings as well as being the second oldest in the country.

The church is unusually narrow for its height, and we know from excavations that this building was once much wider. This has one of four remaining Anglo-Saxon stair turrets in England. The upper stages of the tower and the spire were added in the 14th century.

I believe that there is compelling evidence in the stonework to say that this started life as a Roman building, several hundred years before the Saxons took it over and converted it into a church. The same thing happened to what is regarded as this country's oldest church, just outside the city walls of Canterbury. That, too, started life as a Roman building.

Tags:   All Saints Church, Brixworth Northamptonshire Brixworth Grade I-listed buildings churches Enland's Thousand Best Churches

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The village of Brixworth is in beautiful rolling countryside a few miles north of Northampton. The churchyard, which is on the western edge of the village, is a quiet and peaceful place with views across the Northamptonshire countryside. The Grade I-listed church dates back to at least the 7th century, though I believe the building is much older.

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Northamptonshire used to be known as the "County of Spires and Squires" because of the numerous beautiful stone churches and the country estates. This estate has at its centre the beautiful early 18th century Cottesbrooke Hall. Pictured is one of the paddocks where horses belonging to the estate enjoy the rich grass.

The iron fence is a reminder that back in the 19th century the county had numerous iron foundries which smelted the iron ore found in the beautiful brown ironstone used in the construction of so many of the county's old buildings. This led to the development of the massive Corby steelworks which sadly no longer makes steel, having been priced out of world markets. However, steel tubes are still made there from steel manufactured elsewhere.

Tags:   Northamptonshire Cottesbrooke Estate paddock grazing trees iron fences countryside

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This southern arm of the famous medieval Cobb at Lyme Regis in west Dorset was added in the 1690s and rebuilt in 1793 after it was destroyed in a storm the previous year. It was reconstructed in 1820 using Portland stone. The Cobb features in the 1981 film “The French Lieutenant’s Woman”. In his later years the author of the original book, John Fowles, worked as the curator at the town’s museum. In the distance can be seen the cliffs of the Jurassic coast, which stretches from Swanage in the east to Exmouth in the west.

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This is the Northamptonshire countryside near Cottesbrooke - a favourite place for us to take our little Yorkie for some exercise. This is the north of the county, mid-way between Northampton to the south and Market Harborough in Leicestershire to the north. The farmland is gently rolling and the roads are very quiet. It is indeed a peaceful part of the world.

Tags:   Northamptonshire Cottesbrooke Estate farmland countryside country roads trees


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