I have been to this church before and taken photos but thought it time to revisit. It was the second attempt to visit this church as the previous day I found the battery dead. Some history taken from Wikipedia
"The Church of England parish church of Saint Thomas of Canterbury is Norman, built early in the 12th century. The bell-stage of St. Thomas's bell tower was added in the 15th century and has a ring of eight bells, one of which dates from 1290. The rood screen is carved from wood taken from HMS Thunderer (1783), one of Nelson's fleet at Trafalgar. The church hall was added in 1901.
A priory of Augustinian nuns was built late in the 12th century with its own priory church adjoining St. Thomas's. The priory survived until the early part of the 16th century when it was suppressed in the Dissolution of the Monasteries and then demolished. The foundations of the priory church, cloister, dormitory, vestry, chapter house and parlour were excavated in 1892."
This is one of the entrances to the church
You walk past the village war memorial which I have always found hard to get a good photo of
The land beyond the wall used to be a priory for Augustine Nuns and was built in the late 12th century and was suppressed in the 16th Century during the dissolution of monastery's after which is was demolished . Not sure about the houses you see now I thought them as almshouses.
Seeing the whole church is not east with the trees that are in the churchyard. The church is Norman and built in the early 12th century
This is the other entrance footpath. It comes from the main road which is behind me.
St Thomas looking from the south east side of the churchyard
The trees are from a Christmas tree festival and are dressed but local groups and businesses
The British legion flags
The churchyard is quite large
and worth a wander round to see the headstones
Even I did not realise it stretched back towards the road past the Lych gate
The South side also ans many more older graves
I'll end with a couple of more interesting headstones.
Able Seaman B C Towerton served on HMS Victory in Portsmouth which was Lord Nelsons flagship and fought at Trafalgar and is still in service if not afloat. DOWS is listed against his name on a list I found so may explain how he died.
Capt E B B Towse VC you can read about him in the link. This was the fist VC I had come across in a churchyard
Taking part in Taphophile tragics & Cemetery Sunday