BERKSWELL VILLAGE 6-06-2016
The church door is solid and very thick oak. It was hand made with hand wrought iron nails and wooden pegs over 600 years ago. The little door in the center is for the priest.
Years ago I read about the little mice carved on the font and the pews of this church. I've always wanted to see them. Berkswell has been a place of worship for over 1000 years. The Church of St John Baptist is a fine example of Norman architecture. The twelfth century church was built on the site of an earlier Saxon church. Beneath is a crypt with eighth century remains.
There are at least nine mice carved into oak by the Yorkshire Furniture Maker Robert Thompson. It was quite dark and I only found this one on the font.
The famous British actor, Jeremy Brett, who was the quintessential Sherlock Holmes, came from this village.