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Here in Salford, we came upon two tragic memories of the Great War which broke up the world in 1914, shattered steel helmets from Hill 60, one English and one German. They hang on the walls of the church, which were raised when the Wars of the Roses were being fought. The 14th century tower of the church has an embattled parapet with winged gargoyles. The 13th century porch shelters a simple Norman doorway partly buried in the roof. The north doorway is Norman too, and has a crudely carved tympanum, on one side of which Sagittarius is portrayed shooting an arrow as if at the lion on the other side. There is a fine Norman font, the upper half of the bowl arcaded and tapering with eight sides to the stem, which is perhaps 14th century. In the splay of a window is a small canopied niche with the 15th century figure of a bishop. A tablet in the chancel is to a rector who "ceased to be mortal" in the 60th year of his ministry here, dying in 1826.

Here they laid to rest in 1813 Valentine Green, the dancing master's son who became a famous mezzotint engraver. In 40 years he engraved about 400 plates, but it is believed that he was more anxious that his engravings should be works of art than that they should be accurate as portraits.

The King's England, Oxfordshire, (1942) by Arthur Mee. Original transcription by CuriousFox, copyright, edited for watermarking purposes.


 
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