King’s Sutton Church, from King’s Sutton Lock (Photo by Nick Holt, August 2013)

Sir Nikolaus Pevsner described the 198 foot, 14th C. spire of the Parish Church of St. Peter & St. Paul at King’s Sutton as ‘one of the finest if not the finest spire, in a county of spires…’. It’s viewed here through the last of the Summer’s red blooms of a rambling rose growing in the garden of King’s Sutton lock cottage.

The view got me thinking about the deep pleasure to be had from experiencing these profoundly English archetypes; the cottage garden, old roses, church spires and church bells and of course from the canal I was fortunate enough to be navigating along on that lovely Summer afternoon.

The scene also brought to mind Philip Larkin’s thought-provoking poem ‘Church Going’, read here by the man himself…


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