On Saturday 2nd November last year, for reasons that will probably be obvious to Anglo-Saxonists—in fact if you’re a UK-based Anglo-Saxonist you probably saw me there—I was at Brixworth in Northamptonshire, where people were generally gathered from across the field for that year’s Brixworth Lecture. I’ll talk about that in a couple of posts but, since I had not been there before and All Saints Brixworth is an honest-to-goodness Anglo-Saxon church, now reckoned built c. 800, albeit modified a bit since, and no slouch of one either, I took some photographs. The light was failing and the day was grey, so they’re not the best, but some of what makes it special still gets through I think.
The churchyard is actually very sparsely occupied, or at least, sparsely marked as such. I suppose, in fact, that given how long it’s been in use there must be a lot more bodies gone into this ground than are currently evident. Of course, it’s a shame to mock the dead, but nonetheless this modern headstone did raise a smirk.
Eventually, of course, we had to go in, for reasons of the actual lecture, but also because it was far from warm outside.
And by the time we were outside again, they’d put the floodlights on, and pretty fine it looked too.