By mrswoolybill
I have wanted to visit this place for ages, if only for the wonderful name.
St Oswald's Church stands on or near the site of the Battle of Heavenfield, which took place somewhere between 633 and 635AD (this period isn't called the Dark Ages for nothing...); Oswald's victory over Cadwallon of Gwynedd.
This was part of Oswald's campaign to establish Christianity in Northumbria (and also to re-establish his rule he had been deposed some years previously, and had converted while in exile).
On the eve of the battle he had a wooden cross raised for his soldiers to pray before, the first cross to be erected in Northumbria. A large (much more recent) wooden cross by the roadside commemorates the story. V1 is a detail.
It's typical of a number of our older churches, built low and squat, rooted in the rock, defying the elements. It stands in a little walled churchyard in the middle of fields high above the valley. It has no electricity.
We visited twice in a week; the first time was mid-afternoon not ideal, we rapidly realised that this is a place that needs morning light falling on the east wall. So we went back again a couple of days later, and that's when V1 and V2 were taken.
But our first visit coincided with that of the church organist who enlisted Bill's help with checking out a dodgy note.
Thanks for looking,

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2 Apr 2012 8:00AM
Great set and very interesting info..Moira

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6 5.1k 125 United Kingdom
2 Apr 2012 8:09AM
I know this area very well, and the people who live and work their. This is a fantastic set of images, supported by a very interesting and informative narrative.

Regards Nathan
User_Removed 12 386 2 United Kingdom
2 Apr 2012 8:45AM
Excellent captures and description.

SlowSong Plus
8 6.4k 29 England
2 Apr 2012 8:50AM
Interesting story. Now why wasn't V3 uploaded for Silly Sunday? Grin
cats_123 Plus
12 4.6k 26 Northern Ireland
2 Apr 2012 8:52AM
that organ obviously needs some serious bellows work!! WinkGrinGrin
mrswoolybill Plus
9 980 1496 United Kingdom
2 Apr 2012 8:53AM

Quote:Now why wasn't V3 uploaded for Silly Sunday?
Drat, I never thought of that - we could have had a caption competition...
Thanks early birds. Very little time on site today, we have to go into Newcastle on (non-photographic) business...
Have a good week.
WhiteRose1 Plus
6 1.6k 148 England
2 Apr 2012 9:15AM
Bit of a bum note!!

Love the images and history, we always seem to gravitate to these old churches when out and about in the countryside.

morpheus1955 9 3 2 United Kingdom
2 Apr 2012 9:28AM
Superb set of images and fascinating write up.

helenlinda Plus
9 344 22 United Kingdom
2 Apr 2012 9:58AM
V1 is a splendid composition and I'm glad that came first. v3 is definitely one worthy of a silly Saturday or Sunday upload and I like the idea of captions - the obvious one that comes to mind is "I've found the lost chord"
nonur Plus
7 17 11 Turkey
2 Apr 2012 10:00AM
Excellents captures of remarkable compo V1 and V2, V3 is a great shot with a bit of fun. Hope you have a nice trip.
danbrann Plus
12 624 17
2 Apr 2012 10:11AM
Obviously a bum note Moira.

A nice collection from Heavenfield.
Herge88 Plus
9 40 4 England
2 Apr 2012 10:43AM
Looks an interesting place Moira, I enjoy visiting old churches despite not being of a religious disposition. Version one has something for me here, well composed and somehow poignant, and its always good when there is a sighting of the Lesser Spotted WoolybillSmile

Best Matt
mikbee 9 3 8 Scotland
2 Apr 2012 11:11AM
What a splendid idea the caption competition would have been Moira.
We have had a ''bum note'',
but mines would have been,
''I did not know Bill played a wind instrument'' !!
Joline Plus
10 27 53 United States
2 Apr 2012 11:49AM
V2 is my pick, although it is the most conventional of the lot. I love the history and the aging splendor of it.
V3 definitely has to have it's own day in the sunGrinGrinGrinGrin
TrevBatWCC Plus
8 12 10 England
2 Apr 2012 12:05PM
A lovely set, Moira, and a very interesting story, too...think V2's my fave Wink
Trev Smile
a nice set like the split in v1
2 Apr 2012 2:22PM
loved the write up... & #3 Smile
pluckyfilly Plus
10 351 33 United Kingdom
2 Apr 2012 2:42PM
a dodgy note as in piano! not a written note! good set of images, nice blue sky which is good for the church picture - good detail in the arrangement set up on the tree
2 Apr 2012 2:57PM
V1 is a beautiful image Moira. A very interesting write-up and great shots to see. V3, trust you to capture at the perfect moment..............Sandy
mrswoolybill Plus
9 980 1496 United Kingdom
2 Apr 2012 2:59PM
OK I can take a hint, I've retrieved V3 from the scrap heap and it will get a Silly Sunday upload some time. I will try to dodge the woodwork behind Bill's head though...
Cheers, everyone.
taggart Plus
12 47 13 United States
2 Apr 2012 3:20PM
Places this old just astonish--- would love to see this place!
ChiliMan Plus
10 135 17 Singapore
2 Apr 2012 4:25PM
Fascinating info for starters, Moira.

Good job going back a second time. The light (not to mention the sky) is ammmaaazing.

V3 is a superb candid Grin Beautiful organ too!

V1 & 2 are quite similar although man-years apart. I'm surprised that Bill was chosen to find a dodgy note? LOL.

pdcche 6 4 United Kingdom
2 Apr 2012 5:00PM
Lovely set Moira with V1 being my favourite.. Peter
jonwebber 8 4 1 United Kingdom
2 Apr 2012 5:48PM
Well recorded historical reminders, and, do organs of that ilk have reeds? I guess they must.
2 Apr 2012 6:12PM
Ha haaaaaaa sorry Moira, but it just has to be V3 SmileSmileSmile

John Smile
2 Apr 2012 7:08PM
Excellent detail in these crisp images Moira.
V3, wondered what was going on, Glad you cleared that up. Grin

bliba Plus
10 2 Austria
2 Apr 2012 7:31PM
great write up and series
bobsblues 6 10 2 United Kingdom
2 Apr 2012 8:01PM
Great shot V3 one in a million Moira the others are crackers to .
jaktis Plus
12 84 Sweden
2 Apr 2012 8:16PM
A lovely name indeed, and v1 an 2 represent that name so well

Richsr Plus
9 91 223 England
2 Apr 2012 8:51PM
Good details and comp with V1 and 2. Certainly looks cold in that church be the look of the doggy note finders and his assitant
Regards Richard
LexEquine 10 19 United States
3 Apr 2012 6:59PM
'Three technically superb, well togged, & artistically rendered Images,' Moira,...with v2, being my favorite, today~

~ Peter
4 Apr 2012 7:14AM
Very beautiful capture, telling the story of transitoriness without words.
Glostopcat 10 255 2 England
7 Apr 2012 4:58PM
V2 is my favourite in this excellent set although I enjoyed viewing Bill tinkling the ivories
SandraKay Plus
9 233 4 United Kingdom
23 Apr 2012 8:43PM
Love V2 - and I'm so glad you gave an explanation for V3 lol.

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