THURNING. CHURCH : ST JAMES

Thurning exterior 1

It was very dark inside, due to how dull it was outside, and my photographs of the interior suffered a little as a result. As someone who is interested in stone carvings though I was very interested in an unfinished carving over a doorway. There should have been a head on each side of the doorway. There is a head carved out on the left hand side but the original block of stone, untouched, can still be seen on the right hand side. Please see photograph second down on the right.
  The font is very ancient, I believe dating back to the 13th century. It was partially covered when I visited, but it is plain, and of octagonal design.
  The church grounds are well kept, and have a few very nicely carved headstones going back to Georgian times. Some superior quality work to be seen here, albeit much of it very weathered. 
  There is an interesting rockery on the north side, with a few pinnacle stones scattered around, with beautiful Spring plants growing around them.
  Inside the porch I was interested to see names and dates carved in to the stonework. Just goes to show that graffiti is not a purely modern day occurrence! I was particularly interested to see the date of 1654 carved in to the porch, with the figure "4" carved the wrong way round.
  I enjoyed my stay here. This really is a delightful area, and if you are looking to visit here one day then you might look up "Thurning Feast" on the internet and arrange a visit around that. I was told that around 3,000 people visited the feast in 2010, not bag going for a village of some 100 people!

Thurning Gallery
Thurning font
Thurning doorway
Thurning unfinished carving
Thurning porch carving
Thurning stone heads
Thurning chickens crossing
Thurning pinnacle flowers
Thurning grave 2
Thurning cockrel

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