Still on top of Ivens Hill, and still looking North, this photograph was taken in early November. A few Autumn colours are still discernable in the trees mid way up the photograph.

    A lovely view this, made particularly so in this instance with the flock of sheep grazing behind the houses. 

   I was told once that the house partially pictured in the bottom right of this photograph was haunted! Not sure if this is correct. Possibly just someone trying to frighten a child with a ghost story. Can't even remember who told me, it was many years ago. I believe that this house was once owned by the family of actor Paul Nicholas.

   I think that, even today, the owners of the houses in this part of the village are possibly still digging pieces of coal out of their gardens,  this being the area where my Great Uncle's coal yard stood!

The idea for this page came from an exiled Chestertonian, who visited the village fete one Summer a few years ago.

   She later phoned me up and told me how many pleasant memories she had when coming down the hill, with the view being basically unchanged in the last 40 years or so, since the houses pictured were built in the mid 1960's.

   Perhaps you had this view as a child, albeit in those long ago days when the village was covered in snow, sledge in hand, just before you threw yourself down the hill.

   Or perhaps you were just standing at the top looking out over the vast expense of fields, revelling in the silence and taking in the landscape, as the Romans would have done on the same hill some 1,800 year ago.

   

THE VIEW FROM IVENS HILL

View from Ivens Hill 1 View from ivens hill 2 View from ivens hill 3 View from Ivems Hill sheep

Seeing the ramshackle haystack in the picture on the right reminds me of when, a few years ago, a much larger haystack, which ran the whole length of the field at the back of the houses caught fire.

   I had a call from a neighbour to say that she thought the stack was alight, and should we call the fire brigade. I had a quick look out the back and there were flames several feet high shooting out of the top! My reply to the neighbour was somewhere along the lines of..."Yes, it might be an idea to give them a shout"

   Two things stay in the memory over this. Firstly, some very inquisitive horses standing close to a fire engine, apparantly unconcerned at the inferno that was going on in the field next to them! Secondly, trying to get to sleep that night with the red flicker of flames and the blue flashing of the emergency vehicles making it like trying to go to sleep in a disco!

Castor from distance nov 3

Those who know me will probably know of my interest in ancient parish churches. The church that sits proudly on high ground, a few miles distant from Chesterton hill, is that of St Kyneburgha at Castor.

   This is generally thought to be one of the best Parish churches in the country, by those who know.

   The church stands on the same ground as where once stood the second largest Roman Palace ever excavated in this country.

   This gorgeous church has some Roman brickwork set in to it, the remains of the Roman Palace coming in useful when the church was originally built in Norman times.

   The church at Castor is also worth visiting if you like medieval wall paintings. Some fine specimins are to be found on the north wall. This church is normally to be found open.

Chesterton autumn colours 1

.....and still on the subject of churches, the spire of St Michaels church, Chesterton pokes out from above the Autumn foiliage.

    The church of St Micjael is set back some 150 yards or so from the busy A605 Oundle Road. It can be accessed by a gate which is at the side of the small road leading to Priory Gardns.

    With the church being set back from the main road, it is peaceful and quiet. A beautiful spot in a beautiful village.

    There are many photographs of St Michael's church elsewhere on this site, both interior and exterior. More still, along with two pages of photographs of St Kyneburgha at Castor, as pictured above, can be found by visiting my Peterborough Churchcrawler site, a link for which is on the home page of this site. Both churches can be found in the Cambridgeshire section of the site.

And to complete this page of photographs looking North from the top of Ivens Hill, just another shot showing some of the glorious colours that can be seen in late Autumn.

   This view is a little further East, close to the A1 heading out towards Alwalton.

   Going up to this high vantage point, a vantage point used by the Romans, and probably by the Ancient Britons before that, it is easy to see that we are truly blessed!

    It is sometimes easy not to appreciate what we have when we see it every day. This small place in our village holds a lot of memories for a lot of people, and it is easy to see why.

    I aim to re-shoot some photographs from the top of the hill looking East towards Peterborough. I hope to get these posted up pretty soon.