So what else do you do with the kids on a sunny autumn afternoon other than stalk a few local graveyards. I’m a sucker for a good cemetery and my passion seems to have rubbed off on my kids (funny that!)
In readiness for our ghost-hunting weekend in York next week, my friend (envisioning utopia) and I took five rather rowdy kids to two local churchyards.
Ousebank Cemetery was our first stop. I stumbled across it on Google Earth and from space it looked like a pretty decent place to visit. We weren’t disappointed. Even from the ground Ousebank is a beautiful location. As its name depicts, the cemetery is situated along the bank of the river Ouzel. Lined with weeping willows the gently flowing river creates a tranquil atmosphere for those who have taken up long-term residence beside it.
The age of the cemetery shows through in the condition of many of the headstones and markers. Many have fallen victim to time and the elements.
I took a number of photographs which I have proudly displayed on my Flickr account which you can access to the right of this page.
Our next stop was the pretty village of Tyringham. We headed over the bridge towards Tyringham Hall then off towards St. Peters church.
The churchyard, although not quite so well maintained as Ousebank, affords stunning views across the fields back towards the bridge over The Great Ouse. Once we were done strolling through the graveyard, perusing the headstones we were fortunate enough to be able to visit the interior of the church, which is lovingly looked after. All in all it was a lovely afternoon.