Orton Longueville is a pleasant village just off the A605, some two miles west of Peterborough. Holy Trinity church is set in picturesque surroundings, surrounded by trees and with some lovely old cottages nearby. Very quiet and peaceful here, remarkably so given that the A605 is just a couple of hundred yards away. Dragonflies darted around the church grounds on this sunny, late summer afternoon. A lovely place to be. I will start off with a look at the exterior, and the church grounds on the east side, are surrounded by a sunken wall, otherwisw known as a "Ha Ha". These walls were put in to stop animals wandering in to the church grounds, but were sunken so that the view of the church grounds was not obstructed. These are quite rare in this area. There is one at nearby Marholm and another in Northamptonshire, at Tichmarsh. Photographs of both of these can be seen by visiting the pages for these churches on this site. There was a church mentioned here at the time of the Domesday Survey in 1086. Nothing remains of that early structure, and a general re-building seems to have been started towards the end of the 13th century. The chancel, chancel arch and north chapel date from around 1280, with the nave, aisles and west tower dating from 1300. Some fairly weathered and quite basic gargoyles can be seen on each side of the tower. Was interested to see two very large and empty niches on the south wall of the large chancel, which at one point would have contained effegies. There was a church at nearby Botolph Bridge, and this had fallen in to disrepair by the 17th century. The south aisle of Holy Trinity was doubled in size, and the porch was rebuilt using stone from this disused church. The porch has a date marker of 1675 on it. Two very ancient looking stone heads are positioned on either side of the porch. I would be pretty certain that these pre date 1675 and would have stood as part of the church at Botolph Bridge. Two bells hang at Holy Trinity, one of these being extremely old. This was cast by John Walgrave around 1440. Bells by Walgrave are scarce, but there is another one by him hanging three miles west at Chesterton. Church grounds are large and well maintained. A war memorial stands in the south east corner and there are numerous very well carved Georgian graves to the south of the porch. Some of the work of the stonemason here is just fabulous. Lots of trees to the south of the church, and this is not the easiest church to photograph, with much of it cast in to shadow when the sun is out. Thanks go to Chris Stafford for providing the interior shots of the stained glass and the St Christopher. Chris also also helped to complie a short history and guide to the church, which is one of the best put together church history booklets that I have seen from any church in this area. I will start with a recumbant stone effigy of a knight, hands raised in prayer and wearing his shield. This is thought to date from the late 13th century and is thought to be John De Longueville, the founder of the present church who was killed in the Crusades. On the south side of the nave there is the All Saints alter, this being named after the demolished church at Botolph Bridge. This has on it a stone from the old church. By the way, going back to this church for a moment, the Rev Sweeting, in his mid Victorian study of churches in the Peterborough area, said that the position of this church was marked by a single ancient gravestone. Nothing else was left at that time, and nothing at all remains now. Was interested to see a large St Christopher on the north wall. Just the top half remains and depicts St Christopher holding a staff with a depiction of the infant Jesus on his shoulder. A large stained glass window showing the nativity is dated 1863, and another on the south wall of the chancel depicts the resurrection. There are a few fragments of medieval stained glass remaining.You have to have good eyesight to see these...and I certainly missed them on my visit. Holy Trinity is a lovely church. It is kept locked to the public but is definitely worth a look inside if you ever get the chance. The locals are pretty friendly too.