Tuesday March 19, 2019. Took a short walk that turned in stages into a long walk. Wound up reprising the last mile or so of a walk I did sometime in the Spring or early Summer of 1982, when I camped at Leedons Caravan and Camping site (as it was then), in Childswickham, and walked via footpaths and bridleways to St. Peter's Church, Dumbleton. Now, I know people who are buried in the churchyard; then, it was all miraculously strange, and I was there only because George Greenall of Chipping Campden had said his family had come from Dumbleton at some point, and I was chasing that down.
The field notebook for that period is missing, so I don't have a record of the walk to hand. In it - I can see this in my mind's eye; it's in blue pen - is my drawing of a small bit of graffiti I found on the St. Peter's church wall, an inscribed animal which I think of as a deer. It is inconspicuous; and today I wanted to see if it was still there. In fact, I wanted to see if it was really there to begin with. I'm pleased to say it was; and I am pleased to say that, in a close walk around the church, I noticed more. I also noticed the richness of the fabric: what an amazing head cheese of inventions and eras.
My first field notebook starts with my arrival in England on September 17, 1981 - Gatwick, Victoria Station, Leeds - , and comes to an end on December 7th, just before I headed off into the wilds of England in search of Chipping Campden. If you consult your almanac, you'll see that December 8th was the beginning of a major cold snap and snow storm, with deep snow straddling into 1982. My third field notebook starts on September 26, 1982, when my PhD research was well underway ("Wet weather. Clear, rain, clear. In bursts 15 min. Fairly hard. From the Stratford direction."). It winds up on May 11, 1984, almost two years later, with an entry on football violence.
The photographs above and below:
- - St. Peter's Church, Dumbleton
- - The graffitti "deer"
- - More graffitti, and more graffitti
- - Henry John Grinnall on the World War I war memorial inside the church.
- - Fabric