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St Mary, Aston Somerville (Gloucestershire)

 

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A few hundred years ago this church would have been dripping in Romanesque corbels and surrounded by a village.  Both have now gone, but we came to experience the peace of a beautiful setting, and have a squint  at some tower survivors and a worn old knight.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Samuel Rudden, an historian who visited the church in 1770, wrote that "on the south side of the old church is a very ancient figure in stone of a knight in armour of about the time of Edward III (reigned 1327-1377).  This monument has been shamefully violated by the country people who at sheep shearing have been suffered to whet their their knives and shears against "Old Somerville's nose", as they used to say, so that half the face is whetted away".  The tomb is thought to belong to Sir John de Somerville who was lord of the manor from 1250 to 1290.

 

 

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