Sir Simon Marsden Country

Being such a massive fan of the late Sir Simon Marsden, I ventured to his home county of Lincolnshire for some photographic inspiration and I wasn’t disappointed.

I really wish that I could have paid my respects to him in person, but his final resting place isn’t published. Still, as regular readers will know, I will always keep his work alive by regularly blogging about him and his eternal inspiration for mine and other fans photography.  Please visit his personal website by clicking here.

Lincolnshire Wold Holiday Cottage

Being a city girl, the countryside is more of an experience than I thought it would be and I’ve never seen so many pheasants and kestrels in clear view.

Mark found a self-catering cottage on the foothills of the Lincolnshire Wolds for our short stay. It had excellent reviews on Trip Advisor, hence our decision to book Pheasant Cottage owned by Rigsby Wold Holiday Cottages.

Upon arrival, we were greeted by Barbara who was very welcoming, but I couldn’t help notice the old church and its graveyard that was practically in our back yard. We entered the cottage with Barbara and she pointed out her welcoming gift of Lincolnshire’s speciality, plum bread and two slices of homemade chocolate cake. Well, that was my diet temporarily put on hold, because I ate the lot over the next couple of days as Mark can’t eat anything dairy. It was lovely!

When I asked about the church, Barbara told me that the door remains open at all times. WOW!

Pheasant Cottage by Amanda Norman

View of Pheasant Cottage in Rigsby

I found that this was the case for most of the churches in the Wolds that we visited.   Please see related links at the bottom of this post to view other photographs.

I ventured over to the church and I heard gun shots in the distance and hoped that a stray bullet wouldn’t come my way. I wasn’t too worried though, because I heard the first one when Barbara greeted us and she didn’t seem alarmed. Again, over the duration of our stay, I realised that you hear these noises all of the time and I should have asked, but I think it’s to scare the birds away from the crops.

St James Church in Rigsby, Lincolnshire

St James Church in Rigsby, Lincolnshire

It soon went dark and when I say dark, I mean pitch black and totally silent apart from the hoots of owls. At first I was a little nervous, especially when I heard something moving in the bushes, but Mark said that it was probably a badger. I never took my eyes away from the direction of the church yard gates as memories of old horror films like the Living Dead started to creep inside my mind. Our second night treated us to a clear sky and so many stars. I rose to the challenge of photographing the stars and I’m quite pleased with my first attempt. Yes I know, I have a long way to go.

Rigsby Sky at Night

Rigsby Sky at Night

Pheasant Cottage was perfect for our stay and after a day out in the Wolds exploring, it was the perfect retreat to relax in and I highly recommend it. Please click here to visit Rigsby Wold Holiday Cottages.

Photographs of St James Church in Rigsby

St James church is stunning and full of history.  The church was erected in 1863 with some of the original Norman church remains included.  For a full history, please visit Rigsby Wold Cottages church page by clicking here.  I loved the beast grotesque on the front of the church and the lovely carved owl grotesque on either side of the doorway.

Carved grotesque on St James Church

Carved grotesque on St James Church

Church candle by Amanda Norman Photography

Church candle by Amanda Norman Photography

Photograph of a carved owl grotesque by Amanda Norman

Photograph of a carved owl grotesque by Amanda Norman

Stained glass window inside St James Church by Amanda Norman

Stained glass window inside St James Church by Amanda Norman

15th Century Soldiers helmet and sword

15th Century soldiers helmet and sword found in the graveyard

Stained glass window inside St James Church by Amanda Norman

Stained glass window inside St James Church by Amanda Norman

Stained glass window inside St James Church by Amanda Norman

Stained glass window inside St James Church by Amanda Norman

Photographs of Cherub Death Heads, Grotesques and Gargoyles

These beautiful cherub death heads were found on a headstone in Spilsby, Lincolnshire

Graveyard photography by Amanda Norman

I love these two death heads side by side

The below photographs of grotesques and gargoyles were found on a church in Theddlethorpe, Lincolnshire.

Grotesque photography by Amanda Norman

Grotesques of Theddlethorpe, Lincolnshire

Gargolye photography by Amanda Norman

Gargoyle that looks like a cat or a teddy bear?

This scary looking grotesque sits on a gatehouse to the Lincoln Cathedral

Gothic horror photography by Amanda Norman

A scary looking grotesque on a gatehouse wall near Lincoln Cathedral

Lincoln Cathedral

Lincoln Cathedral

An angel sits on top of a tom inside Lincoln Cathedral

An angel sits on top of a tom inside Lincoln Cathedral

Graveyard photography by Amanda Norman

Theddlethorpe Graveyard

Graveyard photography by Amanda Norman

Theddlethorpe graveyard

3 Comments:

  1. Hi Amanda

    A lovely blog of your visit to Lincolnshire and some great photos!

    A recent guest has posted some more photos of our little church:

    I saw them and thought of you as we thought you might like the photos with the candles lit 🙂

    Hope all well with you
    Kind regards
    Paul

  2. Thanks Paul and they’re great photos!

    I hope you’re well?

  3. Yes thanks we are all well – loving your photos on Facebook!

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