Sunday 13th August 2017
|Church Monuments Goodbye Postscript Read Me|
Buttsbury Church is dedicated to St Mary, and used to be the parish church of the village of Buttsbury near Ingatestone. The village has long since vanished, although Buttsbury Hall still exists nearby. The earliest part of the church goes back to the 12th Century, and there were subsequent additions in the 13th and 14th Centuries. The church blends well into the surrounding open countryside, over which it has presided for many a century.
Church monuments often give us an insight into the language and customs of times past. Many church monuments, as at Buttsbury, were stone floor slabs with minimal inscriptions. These inscriptions, however, lived up to the passage of countless feet over the centuries.
It's time to make tracks into the world of the here and now. As we leave, we can have a quick look around the churchyard, where some members of the Petre family are buried, despite the espousal of the family to Catholicism.
These pictures were taken by me at various times including on 2009-03-01, 2010-01-17 and 2017-08-13, on walks including my many walks from Wickford to Ingatestone, especially those in 2011 and 2013 and Paul's excellent IVC walk on 13th August 2017. Historical items for the text were gleaned from within the church as well as from on-line sources too numerous to itemize!