During our recent post on our visit to Morston Hall we mentioned meeting Bernard and his wife who had, at home, a Mk1 Ford Cortina.
Bernard told me as a part of his retirement that he travels around Suffolk and visits our churches and photographs his car with the church and writes about the experience.
We are very pleased to be able to share with you their fascinating story. All of the experiences you read of below are from Bernard Butler. Bridge Classic Cars do not claim ownership in any way.
Suffolk Churches - a series of journeys in a Mk 1 Cortina - by Bernard Butler
The second tour began on a sunny August morning. It was to be a journey of only modest ambition, taking in four very local churches.
It was disappointing to find the first church locked (Bedfield) but it will be revisited later. It is in the Benefice so we have sung there before on several occasions.
Monk Soham church was open. It is also in the Benefice and had been visited before.
It is very secretively hidden away behind churchyard trees (see below), but a long-range view can be obtained from the south aspect (see second picture). Travellers on foot are offered a most attractive and unusual footpath approach from this position.
Kenton church is approached impressively from a due west compass position, and the tower looked magnificent in the morning sunlight. I was very pleased with this photograph.
Sadly I encountered another locked church at Bedingfield – maybe it was too early in the day – but it will be revisited. The trees covered the site so well that this is the only picture I could achieve that included the building and the car, and some imagination is required! The Cortina looks nice anyway!
Bedingfield church was revisited on November 14th 2005 and this time it was open. It is an interesting ancient building with many references to the generations of the Bedingfield family line who gave the village its name.