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The parish church of St. James, Chawleigh

The parish church of St. James, Chawleigh

 

Way back in 2003, in Issue 20, Doreen Norton wrote about two of her families - the Stentifords and the Longs. Doreen told how her Great Grandmother, who had lived in the Workhouse as a child, met and married her Great grandfather, George Long, and settled down in the village of Chawleigh to raise their family. Doreen's own ancestry is traced through the second child of Ellen and George - Elizabeth Ann - who in turn married into the Parkhouse family - another name well-known to everyone who comes from that part of Devon.

Over the years, Doreen has spent much time iu Chawleigh and made friends there so that she came to feel very much at home whenever she visited. She decided in 2005 to make a kneeler in memory of her grandmother for the parish church of St. James. The design was to incorporate the Stentiford and Long names, together with her initials.

She also included the bell emblem with which the church is identified. The tower contains a peal of six fine bells and as early as 1553 had four bells. The bells are still rung regularly and the church has been the venue for bell - ringing contests in the area.

When at last it was complete, Doreen and Reg travelled down to Devon for the presentation after morning service one Sunday in June last year. The Vicar accepted the gift on behalf of the Church and invited them to lunch afterwards.

Doreen's handiwork now has pride of place in the front pew just below the pulpit - and she has the satisfaction of knowing that she has left a permanent reminder of her family history - and herself - in Chawleigh, for many years to come.

 

The Stentiford kneeler presented to the church by Doreen Norton 2005

The Stentiford kneeler presented to the church by Doreen Norton 2005

 

And if that wasn't enough, Doreen worked another kneeler to commemorate two more of her families - Parkhouse and Joslin - who were linked to Ashreigny. This she gave in memory of her mother who was born there.

 

Doreen's presentation to Ashreigny's church, also dedicated to St. James

Doreen's presentation to Ashreigny's church, also dedicated to St. James

 

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