Martin Village

2nd November 2006

Photos by Peter Read

A fine sunny but chilly day greeted us in Martin. We were priviledged to be be able to park in a farmyard. The church is situated up a narrow footpath. The view is magical as seen here. The sun was warm in the shelter of the porch as seen here. Entering the church we first see the stained glass window. A plan of the church is available on line from here. Our guide for the day was Iain Giles who said that he had never givena public talk before - who was he kidding? He did a brilliant job and kept us amused too! He is the self appointed accidental historian and plumber. He left out for us some of his finds such as the clay pipes, flints and some Laverstock shards. Inside and outside the church there are various interesting plaques and memorials [William Talk] . Views over the countryside around could be seen from the churchyard. Back into the church Iain pointed out other items of interest because of their oddity and historical value such as the old font found in a garden , the small crosses on the top of some pillars, the hatchment of Sir Gabriel Lapp and the wall paintings of red flowers. We then processed to the village green where Iain pointed out where the stocks were. where the cross was and the defunct village pump. And also the house that was the pub. Thatched houses abound in this glorious village. He pointed out the Manor House that is a grade II* building. Iain also mentioned Bockerley Dyke is close by and this was excavated by Pitt-Rivers in the nineteenth century. There are wonderful models of these in Salisbury museum.

We repaired to the school house for a splendid meal cooked by Iain's wife ably assisted by the rector Les and by John Hawkins our U3A organiser. Well recommended. 5 stars.

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