Open day gives ac­cess all ar­eas

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

DOZENS of visi­tors seized the rare chance to go on a tour of a his­toric church.

The Friends of St Mary’s held its an­nual open af­ter­noon at St Mary’s Church, in Church Street, Che­sham on Sun­day, Septem­ber 13 as part of the Her­itage Open Days across Eng­land.

There were tours of the church, ac­cess to the bel­fry and the church reg­is­ters, dat­ing back to 1730, were open for peo­ple to track down their an­ces­tors.

Clive O’Sul­li­van showed visi­tors around the church­yard and shed light on the history shown by the tomb­stones and church­yard wall.

For in­stance, the Skot­towe fam­ily who had a big house in the park near the site of the present Guide hut, had their own en­trance to the church­yard, and you can see where it was from the change in the brick­work in the wall.

Garry Mar­shall ex­plained about graf­fiti that has been carved into the church over the

The Ringsell fam­ily stand­ing be­hind a grave­stone. Can you see the weath­ers skull and crossbones? cen­turies. He ex­plained was a suc­cess­ful that peo­ple carved their af­ter­noon. We are names into the pil­lars in par­tic­u­larly grate­ful to full view, prob­a­bly dur­ing Clive O’Sul­li­van and the ser­vices. Garry Mar­shall for

Chair­man of the pro­vid­ing such Friends of St Mary’s fas­ci­nat­ing in­sights into Martin Pax­ton said: “It the church’s history.”


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