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Blog-time again – and back to Toseland and its ” moot-stone”

Dear me, Ive been so busy that I havent had any blog time till now. I did watch the second episode of Wuthering Heights on ITV on Monday evening and thought it was rather well done ( what us school girls who used to read it for ” o” level would have thought of the graphic scenes Im not sure)  – though for me having adverts every five few minutes interupting this gothic drama seemed to spoil it.

So, back to Toseland where I went on Bank Holiday Monday. Toseland is a tiny ancient village aboout 4 or 5 miles from Little Paxton and once was a chapelry of the minster church of Great Paxton. For centuries Great Paxton’s priest covered services there. Now it is part of the Bourn Deanery and Papworth Team.

Here is a peice from Michael Wickes book ” A History of Huntingdonshire”

“Huntingdonshire was divided into four hundreds by the time of the Domesday Book  and hundred courts met in each one to decide on matters of local dispsute. The hundred of Norman Cross covered the northern part of the county, and its hundred court covered met on a crossroads on Ermine Street within the parish of Yaxley. The hundred of Hurtsingstone lay in the east, and its court met near the village of Old Hurst. The ” abbot’s chair” now in the Norris Museum was the former judgement seat of this court. Toseland was in the southernmost hundred, and a sarsen stone in the churchyard is believed to have been the “moot-stone” for the hundred court. Leightonstone in the west of the county had a court which met at Leighton Bromswold and a square stone near the church was once its judgement seat. There was definately a preference for holding the hundrec courts in obscure and ” neutral” parts of the hundred, in remote clearings like Old Hurst and Leighton Bromswold or at isolated crossroads such as Norman Cross”

Well, I would add that Toseland churchyard seems pretty remote to  me, and here, I think, must be the sarcen stone referred to above near to the south door:

sarcen stone 2 at toseland aug 31st 09

sarcen stone at toseland aug 31st 09

toseland church chimney pot aug 31st 09

Took a fancy to this chimney pot on the church….

Meanwhile, back to Yelling Church and its east window:

east window at yelling aug 31st 09

The words beneath the lights read:

Bound up in the bundle of life with the Lord

Anyone know where these words come from?

“Even though someone is pursuing you to take your life, the life of my master will be bound securely in the bundle of the living by the LORD your God. But the lives of your enemies he will hurl away as from the pocket of a sling”

1Samuel 25 v 29. ( NIV)

venn plaque

The plaque to Henry Venn, one time Vicar of Yelling, founder of the Evangelical sect in Clapham and  greatgrandfather of the mathematician John Venn who invented the Venn diagram – anyone remember them from school with interlocking circles?

Hope to blog a bit more later.

September 2, 2009 - Posted by | Uncategorized


  1. Yo Paxxy,
    glad to see you had a lovely Bank Holiday Monday, I’m emailing you some photos of the Fenman Classic Bike Show held at Wimbotsham, also on Bank Holiday Monday. The event has been running some 25 years and we attract about 5 to 6,000 bikers to this tiny village of 630 people.
    The day is a marvellous event with bikers coming from all over the South East.
    St Mary’s Church has taken the opportunity for several years now of providing a “Tea and Home Made Cakes Stall” at the event and this year our stallraised £1,507.
    The ladies of the church queue up for the opportunity of pouring tea for all of those leather clad bikers and some are even seen to swoon uncontrollably over the sight of all of that leather!!!!
    Make a date to come and see for yourself next August B. H. Monday

    Comment by Wingy | September 3, 2009 | Reply

  2. Wingy’s other half here. Yes, I too watched Wuthering Heights and agree with all you say. ‘O’ Level English was never that graphic! |Mind you, at an all-girls grammar school I am not sure how the English teacher would have coped with all that detail.
    I do, however, feel that the BBC always do these dramas more accurately than ITV.
    Glad you enjoyed it.

    Comment by Wingy | September 3, 2009 | Reply

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