Monthly Archives: August 2021

Alstonefield, Staffordshire – St Peter (again, for Lockdown Chronicles)

On Tuesday 31 August Caroline (our church administrator) was back after a week away, so we had a couple of hours trying to sort out where on earth we are! Then we drove north to High Peak Bookshop as Julie … Continue reading

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northernvicarwalks – July 2021

Northern Vicar is not very good at walking. I only managed 17 miles this month, partly because of an ingrowing toenail. I did manage railway trips to Marple, the tram curve in the middle of Sheffield, the early morning curves … Continue reading

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Derbyshire – Smalley, St John the Baptist

One of our local retired priests put on facebook that there was a flower festival at St John the Baptist in Smalley – I thought we had a Diocesan communications department to tell us what is going on – so … Continue reading

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Orkney 2021 – Burray, St Lawrence

Thursday 17 June was a beautiful day. We went to St Lawrence church on Burray, the island we’re staying on. It’s down a lane off the main road at ND492964. I had rather hoped we could get down to the … Continue reading

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Orkney 2021 – Burwick, St Mary

Having visited the Italian Chapel on Thursday 10 June we headed south through South Ronaldsay, right down to Burwick. This end of the island looks very desolate. There are beautiful empty buildings which I would love to buy and redevelop … Continue reading

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Orkney 2021 – The Italian Chapel and St Magnus Cathedral in Kirkwall

The Italian Chapel was open. I called in one afternoon and they suggested we visited first thing in the morning. We did, and had it to ourselves. It is an atmospheric place. I did a bit of maths – if … Continue reading

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Orkney 2021 – a holiday as Covid seemed less of a threat

I did full posts on several Orkney churches, and St Magnus Cathedral, when we visited in 2017. We came up for two weeks in June 2021, staying at The Slap Cottage on Burray. It’s highly recommended – their website is … Continue reading

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northernvicarwalks – June 2021

Most of June was spent on Orkney, and I’ll blog a couple of churches from there shortly. No railway trips at all that month, and facebook ramblings were a bit erratic. Here they are for posterity. In the week we … Continue reading

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Thockrington, Northumberland – St Aidan

On Tuesday 25 May 2021 we were in Northumberland, collected Harry, drove north to Barter Books, then south via Edlingham (which was locked), Otterburn Mill for lunch, then onto the A68 and south – until I saw the sign for … Continue reading

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northernvicarwalks – May 2021

Lotherton Hall in Yorkshire, my second railway jaunt (Sheffield across to Lincoln), and Darley Abbey Day (mainly on line, but with a decorated “moment” in the churchyard – have a look at the church website ( > News > 2021 … Continue reading

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