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Photographer's Note

St. Mary the Virgin church in the village of Cropredy has already been photographed numerous times by TE members, notably by Cropredy resident Richard Beghim and the lucky TE members who have enjoyed his great hospitality in the little village beside the Oxford canal (including Malgo, John, Martin, Romana - or, emka, tyro, MJR and romanaa). I've just returned to London after a wonderful stay with Richard; during the long weekend I had the great pleasure of also meeting Martin and his family, and Ann Jackman. Yesterday afternoon, Richard, Ann and I went for a short walk to the nearby church, and here is my first photo to be uploaded during this year's visit to England and Europe.

Parts of the church date from around the middle of the 11th century, other sections from the succeeding four centuries, and two new bells from 2007. As we walked around the church a man approached who was able to show us the oldest gravestone in the church yard, dated 1631 (the middle one in the WS shot - not legible, really, apart from the date itself at the top), and another stone marking the burial of a soldier who died in the 1644 Battle of Cropredy Bridge, between Royalists' and Parliament's armies during the English civil war. Our 'guide' himself talked of his own deep ancestral roots in the village.

Many more photos by the members I mentioned above can be seen at:
http://www.trekearth.com/gallery/Europe/United_Kingdom/England/Oxfordshire/Cropredy/

Thank you, Richard.

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