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Posted on January 6, 2016 by Sioux under General
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Before starting work, I spent a weekend with Paul’s brother & his girlfriend and they kindly showed me around Lingfield and East Grinstead. Wow! What history in those two towns! Arriving at the station before they were home from work, I managed to find a delightful pub to wait at! Walking around in the town before dinner, I was amazed at the Christmas decor of the homes & shops, inside and out!

The stunning church of St Peter and St Paul in Lingfield, known

locally as ‘The Westminster Abbey of the south east’, is one of the

largest 15th century churches in Surrey, dating back to the late Saxon period,

and vestiges of Saxon work can still be seen in the west wall. The tower itself is mostly 14th century. The village library was built in 1431.

The conservation area around the church is a delight, with ramshackle timber-framed buildings dating from the late medieval period to the 18th century.

 

There is a medieval half-timbered cottage near to the church that’s so old it’s going crooked, but it’s still in use as someone’s home!

I have a fascination for old cemeteries and this one certainly did

not disappoint!

Beautiful, serene, peaceful, historical…..simply stunning!

Just off the High Street by the pond, is the ‘village cage’; a small 18th century lockup used to house petty criminals. It was last used in 1882 to hold a poacher.

St Peter’s Cross, on top of The Cage, is supposed to be 15th century, and was used to designate the boundaries between Puttendan and Billesburst Manors.

 

Certainly an area full of history and one to which I definitely will return, when I have more time on my hands!

 

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