Autumn Colour at St Mary and St Walstan, Bawburgh
As Saturday was forecast to be a lovely day we went searching for autumn colour, before Storm Angus blew all the leaves off (except he doesn’t seem to have made it to Norfolk, yet!). On our way home we stopped to look at the pretty little church of St Mary and St Walstan at Bawburgh. Just outside the church yard is a group of beech trees of the most gorgeous colour! This was taken hand-held, using a Canon 760D, with a Canon 15-85 f/3.5-5.6 IS USM Lens (equivalent to 24-136 mm for full frame sensor), at 400 ISO, f8 and 15 mm, for 1/400 sec. I also used a polarising filter which accentuated both the colour of the leaves and the sky. The image has been processed in Photoshop CC 2017 using Tonal Contrast in the Nik software to boost the contrast.. Taken in November.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The church of Bawburgh St Mary and St Walstan is one of 124 existing round-tower churches in Norfolk. St Walstan’s Day is celebrated on an annual basis with a church service and walk to the nearby St Walstan’s Well. The church is a Grade I listed building. There is a canonical sundial on the south wall.
Bawburgh is a significant location in the legend of St Walstan, the 10th-11th century patron saint of farm labourers. According to legend, Walstan was born at Bawburgh (or possibly Blythburgh in Suffolk) into a Saxon noble family circa 970, but at the age of 12 gave up his privileged life, choosing instead to work as a farm labourer in Taverham. His initial journey on foot from Bawburgh to Taverham took Walstan through Costessey, where he donated his noble garments to two passing peasants. After many years, Walstan’s imminent death was foretold by an angel and he asked a priest for the last rites; no water was available but a miraculous spring welled up on the spot. On his death, Walstan’s body was returned to Bawburgh on a cart drawn by two white oxen. The oxen stopped at Costessey, where a second spring gushed forth and at Bawburgh, where a third spring appeared. St Walstan’s Well at Bawburgh is the only one of the legendary springs that remains identifiable. Walstan’s body was taken into the church and Bawburgh became the centre of a cult of pilgrimage, with several miracles recorded.
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