Thursday, 24 April 2014

Three standing bishops

Checkley Churchyard - 'Three Bishops'

These three standing stones in Checkley Churchyard are known as the 'Three Bishops' because (the story goes) they were erected, about a thousand years ago, in memory of a nearby battle in which three bishops are said to have died.
Bishops, in those days, were somewhat more involved in fighting than they are today...

The Saxon-cross carvings are fascinating.

Of course, no one really knows what their origin is, though, half a mile away is a small tract of land known as Deadman's Green.  Locals like to say that this is known as such because that was the site of the supposed battle.  Maybe.

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  1. They certainly look very, very old.

  2. Wow, how fascinating and beautiful too.

    Thank you for linking up with Cemetery Sunday