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PostPosted: Mon Apr 18, 2016 1:28 pm 
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Oh my. How beautiful

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PostPosted: Tue May 10, 2016 7:40 pm 
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Liked the photo's of Pontefract, I was working their for a couple of day before Christmas, my Dad spent a part of his childhood there, where my Grandpa was a teacher at the Kings School.

We went up to Silton Church today

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As you can see it is a tad isolated

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the boneyard has some lovely spring flowers
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My wife's Grandfather. Grandma, and their parents are buried there.

On the day her Grandad was buried, the ground was boggy so his coffin had to be brought to the church by tractor and trailer, very fitting as he had worked on the land for all of his life.

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The church has neither gas nor electricity nor running water, and has been on the site since the 12th Century. The history books say it was positioned where it is to be halfway between the hamlets of Over Silton and Nether Silton. I think it's far more likely that one of the Siltons was moved when the lord of the manor upped sticks and re-sited one of the villages. The fields around have enough undulations to suggest that there is archaeology not so far down.

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I know it's kind of sad, but I wanted to record the the 12c church door which they keep inside. No longer entirely functional but a reminder of the unchanging nature of the best things

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PostPosted: Tue May 10, 2016 7:49 pm 
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Beautiful church! Is it still in use?

And is Stilton the place where Stilton cheese is made?

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PostPosted: Tue May 10, 2016 8:49 pm 
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Yes it still is in use. In fact it is left open most of the time.

http://www.oversiltonchurch.com/home

and the name it's easy to confuse with the better known Stilton of the cheesy fame

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PostPosted: Tue May 10, 2016 10:56 pm 
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Oh, very neat, eborr! Wow!

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PostPosted: Tue May 10, 2016 11:25 pm 
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Beautiful, eborr.

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PostPosted: Wed May 24, 2017 4:28 pm 
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more old churches, this is St Adamans Church in the parish of Lonan

It's Manx name is Keeill ny Traie, the use of the word Keeill is interesting and indicative of it's age. Keeill is a term that comes to mean a small religious building dating from the the 6 -12 centuries. I am not so sure that they were all communal places of worship in today's sense, I guess more akin to monastery than a general church.

Frequently the keeills were built on sites that had prior religious significance - more below.

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the path to the church.

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from the top of the bone yard

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afternoon sun at the rear of the church

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This is one give away - a Celtic cross of the 5th Century, probably 500 years older than the Keeil, the people who carved this cross spoke a dialect of Cumbric, the language spoken in Cumbria, closely related to Welsh, unlike the Keeil builder who spoke a version of old Manx which is much closer to Gaelic.

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The Victorian restored front of the church

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Indicated in red a marker that the ground has been sacred for thousands of years, evidence of a cist grave.

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the interior of the Church it is that small


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an original window

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Another Celtic crosses found on the site not in situ

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and more this site is extraordinarily rich, some of the crosses have runes scratched into them.

The combination of the Norse and Celtic cultures is very evident, on Man there are 26 rune inscribed stones, compared with 33 in the whole of Norway

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the track back to the 21 st Century

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PostPosted: Wed May 24, 2017 7:41 pm 
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Thank you for sharing these, eborr. So beautiful! They give me chills.

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PostPosted: Wed May 24, 2017 8:59 pm 
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its quite an eerie place - sacred ground for maybe 4000 years, it is well away from any settlement - I guess less than a 1/4 of a mile from the sea

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