Continuing on from my previous family heirloom post, below is a photo of another family heirloom, or rather pair of family heirlooms. They are somewhat less practical that the shoe brush last time, in fact they serve no useful purpose other than to illustrate a part of my grandad’s army life.
The story (told to me by my father) goes that these two pieces of rock were pieces of the Rock of Gibraltar brought back from Gibraltar by my grandad who had been stationed out there whilst serving with the Royal Engineers during the Second World War.
Whilst I am pretty certain that he served in Gibraltar (and could confirm that with his service record), I have no way of knowing whether these are in fact bits of the Rock, unless I can find a geologist with some way of analysing them.
However I am quite happy to accept the story that these were souvenirs of his time spent in Gibraltar and have no reason to doubt it.
As I mentioned the splendid lych gate at Bolney, Sussex in my post about my Bank Holiday walk I thought it only right that I should show you a picture of it. None of my photos were really any good (it is quite enclosed so most of it was in shadow all the time I was there), so here is a picture of it from my postcard collection.
The lych gate at Bolney, Sussex
To be honest it doesn’t really do it justice, this view is taken from inside the churchyard looking south, out through the lych gate. The central stone “plinth” is the lich stone, where the coffin could be rested. The other side of the lych gate is a short flight of stone steps, so I am sure the lich stone was well used. Also at the top of the steps is a wide seating area with stone benches. I will have to try and find a postcard of the view from the south.
According to the Victoria County History of Sussex at British History Online the lych gate was built in 1905 and it is made of oak on “dwarf walls of Sussex marble”. The circular area just in front of the lych gate is a mill stone set into the path.
I have previously featured a postcard of the church itself in an earlier post.