Sunday, 22 October 2017

Hidden Henley

IN sight of my desk as I write is the impressive tower and spire of Christ Church in

IN sight of my desk as I write is the impressive tower and spire of Christ Church in Henley, which seems an appropriate place to start the New Year.

You may have passed by recently and seen the Christmas tree but not read the plaque below, which was commssioned by Sir Frank Crisp, of Friar Park, who was a town benefactor.

It reads: “This tower was erected by Sir Frank Crisp to the memory of his grandfather John Childs, a non-conformist who in 1836 was imprisoned by the ecclesiastical court of Norwich for not contributing to the maintenance of the church at Bungay in Suffolk.”

The choice of words indicate Sir Frank’s disapproval of what happened to his ancestor. Incidentally, in Bungay’s neighbouring town of Beccles, the church clock has just three faces.

The missing fourth face would have faced Norfolk but legend has it that the townsfolk would not give people in the adjoining county the time of day!





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