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There has been a church on this yew fringed patch of ground north of the River Thames since at least the 12th century, meaning that today’s congregation continue a tradition of worship that can be traced back nearly 1000 years.
The current chancel dates from the 12th century church but there is archaeological evidence of [...]

8 Comments CherryPie on Oct 4th 2017

Dorney Court is a Grade I listed Tudor manor house and is situated in the village of Dorney which lies on a slight rise in the Thames floodplain, Dorney means Island of Bumble Bees and the estate is renowned for its honey which is still produced to this day. The house has changed little since [...]

6 Comments CherryPie on Oct 2nd 2017

A church has graced the banks of the River Thames in Hurley since Saxon times.
Formerly a Benedictine priory the monk’s traditions of hospitality, care and spiritual renewal still continue to this day. And the chime of St Mary’s bells ring out across the village, as they have for over a millennium.*

In 1545 the estates passed [...]

6 Comments CherryPie on Sep 29th 2017

Hurley Priory, located on the banks of the River Thames was founded in 1086 by Geoffrey Mandeville I as a cell of Westminster Abbey. After declaring himself head of the English Church, Henry VIII suppressed the priory in 1536 and ownership was transferred to Westminster Abbey. When in 1540 Westminster Abbey was dissolved Hurley Priory [...]

10 Comments CherryPie on Sep 26th 2017

On my recent visit to the Olde Bell in Hurley I noticed some information above a wooden panel next to the fireplace. I was intrigued by it and took a closer look. The photo and words informed that a passage runs from the cellar of the Olde Bell to the Village Priory and the passage [...]

12 Comments CherryPie on Sep 25th 2017

Runnymede, the birthplace of democracy.
The memorial and the land on which it stands is vested in the Magna Carta Trust under the chairmanship of the Master of the Rolls. The principal object of the Magna Carta Trust is the perpetuation of the principles of Magna Carta. The Trust also maintains and cares [...]

8 Comments CherryPie on Sep 21st 2017

This oak tree, planted with soil from Jamestown, Virginia, the first permanent English settlement in the New World, commemorates the bicentenary of the constitution of the United States of America. It stand in acknowledgement that the ideals of liberty  and justice embodied in the constitution trace their lineage through institutions of English law to the [...]

12 Comments CherryPie on Sep 20th 2017

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