St Kew, Rules for Bell Ringers and A Tombstone

26 Mar

Yesterday I described the journey to St Kew. We were going there on a mission! I have recently bought a delightful little book called “Cornish Curiosities” by Margaret Caine and Alan Gorton and aim to visit as many as we can. We started with a board in St James the Great Church in St Kew where there are Rules for Bell-ringers dating back to 1783.  I love the words but even more I love the little drawings of the fat-bottomed bell-ringers. The whole Church and its Churchyard were fascinating, the church having been built in the 15th century on the site of a Chapel belonging to a monastery dating back to the 6th Century! It is well worth a visit should you ever be in the area. Click on any photo for more detail and the captions.

St James the Great Church in St Kew, North Cornwall

St James the Great Church in St Kew, North Cornwall


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10 responses to “St Kew, Rules for Bell Ringers and A Tombstone

  1. flowerpot

    March 27, 2015 at 9:48 am

    That book sounds fascinating Sally – where did you get it from? XXX

    • mybeautfulthings

      March 31, 2015 at 10:28 am

      From The Emporium in Redruth. They have moved premises recently and have much less stock but I could look for you next time
      I’m in town if you’d like me to. xxx

  2. utesmile

    March 27, 2015 at 7:52 am

    that book sounds great… super stuff to explore! Let us see more please!

    • mybeautfulthings

      March 31, 2015 at 10:29 am

      There will be more, I can promise you that! 🙂

  3. thewingedwoman

    March 27, 2015 at 3:09 am

    Oh, how fun! I’m looking forward to your future blogs regarding the explorations!! (((hugs)))

  4. john zande

    March 26, 2015 at 9:15 pm

    Here’s one for you, Sally:

    “English doesn’t borrow from other languages. English follows other languages down dark alleys, knocks them over and goes through their pockets for loose grammar.”
    — Terry Pratchett

    • mybeautfulthings

      March 26, 2015 at 9:24 pm

      Brilliant quotation from the wonderful Terry Pratchett. Thank you John. 🙂

      • makagutu

        March 27, 2015 at 5:35 am

        I hear, I don’t know if it is true, that the reason the English language is so odd is because the guys who compiled the dictionary were French

        • mybeautfulthings

          March 27, 2015 at 6:48 am

          I haven’t heard that! I do know that we have ‘borrowed’ words from very many languages or indeed, followed down dark alleys, and that can’t help with spelling though it enrichens our language. Thank you for joining in the conversation. 🙂


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