Sunday, 12 June 2011

Of unphotographed fire engines and thwarted kite flying

Right in the heart of Nantwich is the church of St Mary which dates back to the 14th century (with many later alterations and additions). It is an English Heritage Grade 1 listed building and has been described as the 'Cathedral of South Cheshire'.

It is constructed in the cruciform shape and made of red sandstone, with an octagonal tower unexpectedly visible from odd little corners of the town.

As we walked by, a funeral was about to take place. The deceased had obviously once been a fireman because the hearse was accompanied by a vintage fire engine and, lined up outside the main door, a six man guard of honour. I'd have loved to have photographed the fire engine, but it seemed a little inappropriate!

Someone rather less than pleased at the sight of the funeral was a youth who turned the corner towards the church just as we reached the end of the green. He was obviously hoping to fly his (rather small and nontechnical looking, cartoon character covered) kite from the grass, and growled in disgust to his companions at the sight of the cortege. 

Better luck next time matey!


  1. It is a lovely church isn't it? At least the youth didn't fly his kite regardless of the funeral. I remember once when we took a friend to look at the church there was a special service happening so we didn't get to see inside:)

  2. The church looks beautiful, back luck for the youth he has to wait for a wedding !

  3. I can't even begin to imagine turning a corner and seeing a church like this - the richness of your history and the beauty of the buildings never cease to amaze.

  4. Wow. I'm going to have to direct my mom to your blog. She collects pictures of churches from her travels, and from fellow photographers as well. Great shot, H.
    Tina @ Life is Good

  5. Such a beautiful church, H. And enjoyed the little aside about the disgruntled young chap ;)
    Blogger is SO SLUGGISH this evening. The pages are loading SOOOOOOOOOOO slowly!!!

  6. What a neat little story. I could visualize the whole thing.