Open day gives access all areas
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.”