Our friends took us to Long Melford, Suffolk, England – a very quaint village with many antique shops to browse through; with a beautiful church shown in this photo named, “Holy Trinity Church” dating from 1484.
Our friend (right) and I stand in front of, “Holy Trinity Church” which in this image shows the great number of windows the church has – allowing an impressive amount of light to enter into the sanctuary.
Long Melford was a historic and wealthy town over the centuries, that derived its riches from the wool trade; which built this beautiful church and these beautiful stained glass windows – as well as a number of stately homes in the area like Melford Hall and Kentwell Hall.
I always take pictures of the stained glass windows in the churches that I visit when able, and the beautiful stained glass windows provide an insight into the craftsmanship of the artist, as well as the life and times of the artist so many years ago.
Modern man seems to be so very enlightened today with his computers, instant communications and entertainment; but when I think of these artists and craftsmen centuries ago without modern tools or electricity – I think that in many ways their talent and craftsmanship puts modern man to shame compared to the works they were able to do with what they had available to them at the time.
The Truth and beauty of stained glass windows in a church is that they draw us closer to the Trinity of God the Father, Jesus Christ His Son and the Holy Spirit – who draws us closer to both the Father and Jesus as our, “Helper” here on Earth.
Before going to the Bull Hotel for a wonderful dinner, I took a picture of our group beside a fence with a beautiful pastoral setting in the distance.
Little did we know that our next home in 1995 would be about two miles from here in, “Bridge Street Hamlet” in a New House we would name, “Meadow View Cottage” – here our friends and David pose for this picture.
Our future landlord would live here in Long Melford, and we would live in, “Meadow View Cottage” beside the A134 – directly across the street from, “The Rose and Crown” Pub on Bridge Street.
The Bull Hotel is a beautiful and historic half-timbered Hotel and Restaurant – check it out on Google Map – just type in, “Long Melford, Suffolk, England” and it’s at the corner of Bull Ln and Hall St at the north end of town at the B1064; and our next house was to be in Bridge Street Hamlet – just two miles north along the A134 on Google Map.