April 22 – Bristol to Portsmouth

With a second visit to Salisbury Cathedral too

Hi from 1066 – A Medieval Mosaic

We are leaving Bristol today after a lovely week-long visit and just happened to be passing so we thought we had better find this cache. Easy find but log full so managed to squeeze in a signature. St Bartholomews

St Mary’s church in Saltford is over 1000 years old. It is Norman with a Norman font which is still used today, The tower is believed to be Saxon. There is a lovely stained glass window depicting a Roman soldier by Humphries, Dickson and Ambler of Manchester. The stone manor house next door is thought to be the oldest continuously occupied private home in England. I found the cache easily before visiting the church and chatting with a gentleman, another visitor who told us about the manor house. It was of Norman construction by William FitzRobert, 2nd Earl of Gloucester and was built on the estate owned at the time of the Domesday Book by Geoffrey de Mowbray, Bishop of Coutances. Geoffrey conducted the Norman French version of the crowning of William the Conqueror while Ealred, Archbishop of York conducted the crowning in English. A favourite for the history.

A short detour off the main road (A36) for a visit to St Augustine’s church in Upton Lovell. It is a small church with a 12th-century font and a worn 15th-century effigy of a knight in armour in the style used from 1389- 1430. It may be John, 5th Lord Lovell who died in 148 or his son John who died in 1414. I found the cache easily and we thought we might have lunch here but we did not have much with us. Then I set the car alarm off as M had locked the car, hence arming the alarm but had left the window open. It sounded incredibly loud in this idyllic peaceful little village.

We decided to revisit Salisbury Cathedral as we have not been here since December 2016. We found a car park close to the cathedral and walked a block to the