|A note from John Kirk:
You may like to know that there is hardly one old stone on top of another at Fontenay as it was the scene of a mamoth battle during WW2 between the Germans on one hand, and the Scots and Canadians on the other. During the aerial and ground bombardment, the original village was just about wiped off the map, hence virtually everything you see is less than 60 years old.
I lived at Winteringham. You may have seen on the site that high up on a wall of Winteringham Church is a very small figurine in a small recess. Some suggest that this marks the burial of a heart. Apparently the Crusaders hearts were brought home for burial if they were killed in battle in the Holy Land, and it may be that the small figurine is related to the large recumbent figure in the church, which has long been assumed to be a Marmion.
The remains of their hall is in Hall Closes field. When tobogganing on the site we would innocently go over "the bumps" - the remains of the hall buried under the ground. There was a long toboggan run - a long partially sunken 'lane' which we called the train. In fact it was the main road from their hall leading southwards onto an ancient road renamed "Yarlesgate" (or "Earlsgate") because it led to the Earl's hall (gate being an old English name for a road).
I'm sure you know that there were 3 Marmions at the signing of Magna Carta, including Robert the Younger from Winteringham.
I also lived near Horncastle, and passed Scrivelsby Hall most days. My son and daughter went to Horncastle Grammar School where the Chairman of Governors was ... Sir John Dymoke!
|Fontenay le Marmion|
|A Big Thank You to John Kirk www.winteringham.info|
|Pictures by John Kirk|