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Ilam (Staffordshire Peak District)

(The Church of the Holy Cross)

 

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Driving through the beautiful country of the southern end of the Peak District in search of another very old church font .....

 

 

 

 

This photo of the church of the Holy Cross (Santa Croce) was taken from the terrace of the unmemorable Ilam Hall, large neo gothic pad built by an 1820s entrepreneur - Jesse Watts-Russell.  Jesse knocked down the previous hall, and for good measure removed the old village from around the very old church - replacing it with a lot of alpine chalet style places down the road.  The church, which contains the remains of the shrine of St Bertram, 8th Century son of a Mercian king who took to prayer after his family were killed by wolves, was also rescued and made neat and internally soulless in Victorian style.

 

Externally and setting wise the church is as much a visual delight as it must have been in Saxon days over 1000 years ago.  PLUS - the reason for our visit - the Saxon font just inside the south door .... enjoy our clockwise walk around it .....

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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