May 28 – A few Church Micros on the way home

A Drive through Cheddar Gorge

Hello from 1066 – A Medieval┬áMosaic

During the day today, I walked to Cathedral close to find the wall which is a feature of “From Sorting out the sizes to revealing the story” earthcache. It is a wall which 4 types of Devonian rock. It is all sedimentary rock and features rock from four different time periods. The youngest is the yellow ochre coloured Jurassic limestone from 165 million years ago. The rusty red Triassic rock from 240 million years ago. The carboniferous limestone from 340 million years ago and two red rocks from the Devonian period which are more than 420 million years old. It appears that the tectonic plates making up this part of the earth began in much warmer climate actually about 20 degrees south of the equator, then moved to the equator and finally to where it is now. I found this quite fascinating, it is amazing what you can tell from a bit of rock hunting.

After work, we went home using a different direction going through Wookey Hole and calling in at St Mary Magdalene church which had two lovely very yellow stained glass windows and a fine wooden screen with shields. It also had a painted ceiling in the chancel and sanctuary. We found the geocache over the road from the church.

On the way to Weston-sub-Mendip, we grabbed a geocache at St Paul’s church in Easton. At St Lawrence’s church in Weston-sub-Mendip, I concentrated on finding the geocache which was too damp to sign while Mike went to check to see if the church was open. The church was open and had a stone reredos with a lamb on it with a flag in its back which is the symbol for St John. There is a stepped monument in the road outside which I remembered seeing when we walked through here in 1979. We walked from Cheddar to Wells in one day and I recognised the monument as soon as I saw it.

Next, we called into St Peter’s church in Draycott. The cache took me a while to find as we had parked the car on the footpath and it was parked too close to the cache to find easily. The church was closed. Draycott is renowned for its strawberries and has a Strawberry Fayre every June, the Waimate of England. LOL.

When we arrived at St Andrew’s church in Cheddar we went straight in as the church could be closed at any time. The church had some wonderful stained glass windows and a lovely green, black and gold altar frontal. It also had some wonderful stonework including painted angel corbels and a painted wine glass pulpit. The church also had some wonderful wooden poppyheads. William Giffard was the first rector in 1130. Giffard is the name of one of William the Conqueror’s companions. The cache was easy to find but the hint was a little off-putting. Just as we found the cache a lady arrived to lock the gates and the church so we were just in time.

We then went on to do three more church micros in Cheddar, one at the Baptist church, one at Our Lady Queen and the last at the Methodist church.

Then we drove into Cheddar gorge and what an amazing and surprising experience that was. The gorge just rises straight out of the earth. I remembered being here 39 years ago too but I found the place breathtaking and awe-inspiring. It is quiet at this time of the evening but it is a lovely warm evening and there are groups of people enjoying the gorge just as we are. I cannot wait to come back to visit the caves.

Happy Birthday Marthy.