Growing up in England, I spent every day surrounded by historical buildings. They are so common that is just the norm, and you don’t stop to appreciate them. Churches built in the 15th/16th centuries are common place and a lot of town/city centres have shop buildings built in the 19th century.
Once I moved to Georgia, it was a culture shock to see people referring to buildings built in the late 1800s/1900s as ‘really old’. That is still relatively modern in England!
I also was lucky enough to spend a year living in Germany – another country rich in history and full of old, beautiful buildings. I will save that for a future blog post!
From the age of 7 years to 19 years old, I lived in a tiny village on the outskirts of Thetford Forest – the largest lowland pine forest in Britain. As you entered the village of Croxton, you came over a hill and the first thing you would see is All Saints Church.
Photo Credit : Flickr – Gary Troughton (Croxton: All Saints Church 2014)
At night, it would be lit up and looked rather ominous. I remember being scared to walk past it in the dark (there were no streetlights in this area of the village). In the bottom left of the photo above, you can see the building that holds the village shop and post office. When I was younger, I would help my mum clean the church every couple of months.
It is thought the main tower was built in the 13th Century, and the main body of the church is dated as a 15 Century building. The church was restored extensively in 1856.
Now as a genealogist, I wish I could go back and visit to truly appreciate the history of this building (and have a look around the graveyard!).