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Barford,Saint Botolph Church.

Barford,Saint Botolph Church.



Barford,Saint Botolph Church, Barford, Benham, Barley ford. Olde English baerlic (Barley) + ford.. Saint Botolph's Church has a west tower, nave, Perpendicular Period and chancel that was  13th century, Arch niches are to the left and right of the chancel, three on either side. The nave is an impressive 27' 6". Connected with former side alters. it has a rood-loft stair that rises in a North window. And a rood scree, of 14th century. The wooden frieze under the tower with shields and tracery is sad to come from the panelling behind the altar. Chalice is 1636.There is a Stuart table and a Coat of Arms of George III here. West tower, south porch, nave and chancel. the 13th century tower has small sound holes. Modern roofs and benches. The nave has the great width of 27' 6" and in the recess of north east window, ascend a straight flight of open stairs to rood loft with the end of bresummer at head still showing. Three plain niches either side of chancel arch and nice square headed 14th screen only 7' 9" with balusters and horizontal grain to tracery, all alas, painted and grained. 13th century plain chancel with three aumbries in east wall. The 14th octagonal font has shallow tracery to bowl and panelled shaft, there is also a Stuart table and the Arms of George III. Imagine it's England, 1209, and you're a wealthy baron. You arrive home from London one day to discover that King John's minions have once again raided your stores of grain. It's the king's right, of course — he has a large household and armies to feed — and there's a promise of compensation. But all too often that payment arrives late, if at all. And there was that incident last year where the bailiff was caught selling the seized goods instead of handing them over to the king's men. These events aren't simply the makings of the next Robin Hood movie. The practice of seizing food for the king, known as "purveyance," was common in medieval England, as was the greed and corruption associated with it. It was one of the key gripes that drove England's barons to negotiate the Magna Carta with King John in 1215. The Magna Carta is considered one of the great legal documents in the history of democracy. Five centuries later, the legal principles it set forth inspired American colonists in their own rebellion against the British crown. Lack of food was a constant threat in the Middle Ages. Though much of the population was dedicated to agriculture, there was little surplus that could be drawn upon if bad weather wiped out a harvest. Still, the barons who negotiated the Magna Carta weren't worried about keeping the peasants from starving. "It wasn't part of their ethos that they should be feeding everyone," says University of Mary Washington historian Bruce O'Brien.

Barford,Saint Botolph Church,Postcode: NR9-4AU
Barford,Saint Botolph Church.
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Barford,Saint Botolph Church.
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