I find myself writing this blog in Lincolnshire, a place we often visit as a family, and somewhere that my own family hails from in the dim and distant past. While I’ve been aware of this association in my family history since I first started researching my family history in 2001, it was only last year that I actually found myself with the time to spare and in the right place to be able to visit the church at Tallington.
My earlier blog posting considered the legend of a local saint, Saint Leonard of Reresby, one about which I had never come across until I researched the medieval stone cross at St Leonard’s Church in nearby Thrybergh.
It’s unsurprising that I’ve never come across the legend before as it seems the first time anyone has put any coherent research together is John Doxey’s website on the local area.
Etching from 1817 of the stone cross at it’s original location on East Hill (now the cemetery) in Thrybergh.
I wrote in a previous blog about the stone cross that can be found at St Leonard’s Church in Thrybergh and while researching that post I came across the legend of St Leonard and the various stories and myths associated with it. It was a story that I was unfamiliar with even though I’m more than familiar with Thrybergh and with the church itself. Thanks go to John Doxey, among others, for providing some of the background information to my own search on his own website.
Tucked away from the main road down a narrow lane is St Leonard’s Church in Thrybergh, South Yorkshire. When I visited it was mid-February 2017 and the air added a dampness that seemed reflected in the dark stone and gloom of the church, though it was off-set somewhat by the pretty little flowers that were growing in and around the cemetery, snowdrops for the most part.