Silent Sunday….The Weeping Window


Hardly seems a year since Derby hosted, for a few short weeks, this magnificent tribute to those who sacrificed so much in WW1 and the conflicts that have followed….. But a year it is, and still talked about by many as a very fitting tribute in a unique location.


The Silk Mill, Derby.


A Silent Reminder for Silent Sunday

17th June

(C) David Oakes 2018


Silent Sunday…..So off to Church



All Saints Church, Dale, Derbyshire

Doesn’t look much like a church but hiding under the low roof to the left of the main building is All Saints Church…possibly the smallest church in England.

It was built in the late 12th century by the Lord of the Manor for a deeply Religious local Hermit as a place of worship an Oratory.  The main building has been adapted and modified over the centuries and has been many things for the village… A Farm House, the Blue Bell Inn, and the top floor an infirmary.  But back to the Church.

Measuring just 26ft x 25ft it is indeed a tiny space for its congregation.  Wooden pews and a gallery are crammed in between these stone walls.


The pulpit was a late addition and clearly ‘squeezed’ in to the available space.  As was the practice of larger churches the interior pews were divided by low screens defining  them as individual family spaces.

Looking down from the even smaller gallery, a true impression of just how small All Saints is, yet you can still identify what one would normally refer to as a aisle and nave….


The windows are in carved stone and today mainly plain glass,  it is suspect that they once were glazed in coloured glass as in this one remaining coloured window. The walls are whitewashed but this it has been discovered to hide early wall paintings….they remain covered for protection but one small section is on view…

All Saints Church is now under the Diocese of Derby Cathedral, is well cared for by local volunteers whilst still offering a programme of services throughout the year

3rd June

(C) David Oakes 2018



Silent Sunday….. So off to Church

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Brecon Cathedral, Powys, Wales

The small but important Welsh Market Town of Brecon (pop approx. 8500), lying in the shadows of the Brecon Beacons, supports a very much wider agricultural community in this part of rural Powys.

Since 1920 it has also been the home of Brecon Cathedral.

The Cathedral is on an enclosed circular hill, so is quite peaceful and secluded in its own grounds.  There has of course been a church on this location for many centuries.  The original church of Saint John, a Norman construction was built in 1093.  It is also thought to have been built on the site of a much earlier Celtic Church.  St. Johns was rebuilt in the gothic style in 1215, also blessed with a new name of Holy Rood (Holy Cross) but for many centuries it suffered troubles.  The Dissolution of the Monasteries was of course the worst.

However despite it many troubles the church was renovated and eventually made the Cathedral we see today.

I described the Cathedral as peaceful and there is no better place to feel that peace than to stand in the centre of the Nave with its stone pillars and arched ceilings

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The Nave, Brecon Cathedral

27th May

(C) David Oakes 2018


DP Weekly Photo Challenge. The Old Gardeners Shed…..with twisted ropes


A Garden-Tool-Shed twisted Ropes

Time literally stood still in this old abandoned Gardeners Shed. The hands on the clock…..gone, but the tools and ropes all neatly hung each in its own place….with of course the twisted ropes.

My suggestion got this weeks DP Photo Challenge.  You can see other suggestions on this link:- via Photo Challenge: Twisted 

25th May

(C) David Oakes 2018