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Rosalyn Hilborne on October 12, 2013


Ha, it must be you keeping the economy going ;))

Enjoy your evening. Regards, Rosa.

Adeladian since 1849 on January 20, 2014


Thanks for posting that photo.

As it happens, on 6 Nov 1738 my great grandfather and grandmother (x5) Thomas Scammell and Euphemia Ballantyne were married in the church. Many offspring through some seven or eight generations have resulted.

I have not been to the village, so your photo was just great to catch up with.

Thanks again Jim Scammell Adelaide South Australia

Rosalyn Hilborne on January 20, 2014

Hello Jim, what a wonderful story, that's a long way back! The church sits on a high hill in the village, looking out over the very lush countryside around it. It also has a beautiful lychgate where as a child in 1963 we sheltered from the snow when I was bridesmaid there.

Best wishes to you in Adelaide. Rosa.

Adeladian since 1849 on January 20, 2014

Hello again Rosa,

I believe the church was rebuilt in 1851 for some reason. Having noticed that you posted a photo of your father's from the 1960's, I suppose there's a reasonable chance that you've got a sketch of the original church drawn by one of his distant forbears. Chance would be a fine thing.

Well, have a great winter. We're having a few stinker heat waves down here, and they're likely to come and go all the way through to March. How does 44C sound?

Cheers Jim

Rosalyn Hilborne on January 20, 2014

Hi Jim, I can't find any information as to why it was rebuilt in 1851. Maybe it was unstable but that would not be quite unusual on that ground. Well that would be great to have a sketch of the original but unfortunately we don't Jim, sorry! I have heard about your high temperatures, it must be very uncomfortable. I'll try to send some of our rain! It is actually a very mild winter far!!

All the best, Rosa.

TonyWalker Studio4t1 on October 17, 2015

Hi Great shot. I LIKE it . Greetings Tone

Rosalyn Hilborne on October 17, 2015

TonyWalker Studio4t1

Thank you Tone, pleased you like it. Cheers, Rosa.

Tanya Patrick on December 2, 2015

Thomas Scammell and Euphemia (Euffam) Ballantyne are my great grandparents x a few as well!!! I am descended from their daughter Sarah Scammell who married William Hayter of Tisbury and Imber. We are stuck on the family tree of who Euphemias parents are, so we assume shes from Scotland. Though there are a few branches of Dorset Ballantynes..... Hello all rellys! Beautiful church.

Rosalyn Hilborne on December 2, 2015

Tanya Patrick

Thank you for your comments and glad you like the church. I hope you are able to find out more about your descendants. Unfortunately I am unable to shed any more light on it.

Best regards, Rosa.

Andy Rodker on December 3, 2015

Rosa, there was a craze for rebuilding churches in this style in the 1850s. I only know this because I read about the history of St Day parish church and this fact became apparent. St Day's parish church by the way (de-commissioned because the roof fell in in about 1955) looks quite similar. I would provide a link but I still haven't worked out how. You can see for yourself by going to my tag for St Day church.

Best wishes, Andy

Rosalyn Hilborne on December 3, 2015

Andy Rodker

I see what you mean Andy. Very similar...even down to the blue sky ;-)) I think I remember reading something similar on the listed buildings site for this church.

Best wishes, Rosa.

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  • Uploaded on May 24, 2012
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    by Rosalyn Hilborne
    • Taken on 2012/05/23 13:13:32
    • Exposure: 0.006s (1/160)
    • Focal Length: 18.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/6.300
    • ISO Speed: ISO100
    • Exposure Bias: -0.33 EV
    • No flash