C is for Churchyards and Church Spires

I went out this morning looking for a witch’s grave.

 Meg Shelton, known as the “Fylde Hag” or the “Fylde Witch” was  buried in 1705 in the churchyard at St Anne’s Church in the nearby village of Woodplumpton. 

And I found it!

I found the boulder they put over her grave to stop her escaping (for a third time). But that’s for a future post.   I’ll need to do some research to try to find out how she managed to be buried in consecrated ground; so far I’ve not discovered much. 

I did get some photos of the churchyard though.


I saw this notice just as I was about to lean on a headstone and took heed of the solemn warning:

Warning Notice churchyard gravestones

Take Heed ©HelenBushe


There’s a Right of Way for walkers through the graveyard and into the fields behind the church. You might just spot the  Public Footpath sign:

Angel churchyard gravestone

Angel ©HelenBushe


Many of the graves in the old part of the churchyard date from the 1800’s:

Gravestones churchyard

Gravestones at St Anne’s Church ©HelenBushe


This morning’s church, St Anne’s in Woodplumpton doesn’t have much of  a spire (though it does have a cupola topped with a weather-vane); but St Michael’s in our nearest town, Kirkham, has  a rather magnificent one:

St Michael's Church Kirkham churchyard spire gravestones

St Michael’s Church, Kirkham ©HelenBushe


I don’t think St Michael’s has any witches though.

This week Cee’s Black & White Challenge was the letters “C” and “D”.   

My post for the letter “D” will have to wait until another day (unless D for Dead counts! there’s enough graves here for it to qualify.)



badfish · 14 March 2017 at 08:00

I’m a B&W kinda guy, love these photos. Especially the last one, facade of the church. Just lovely….

    HMB · 14 March 2017 at 10:08

    Thank you so much.

Joanne Sisco · 12 March 2017 at 22:33

You’ve definitely captured my attention with Meg Shelton and her ‘escape’ from burial!! I’m hoping for a followup post 🙂
I love the processing on your b&w images. They are perfect for your subject!

    HMB · 13 March 2017 at 10:32

    Thanks Joanne. You’re very kind. Meg Shelton has captured my imagination too.

Leah · 12 March 2017 at 00:40

Ooooh, I do love a good graveyard. The UK is so fortunate to play host to so many gorgeous, very old ones. You’ve captured the stone work and the beauty just wonderfully.

I can’t wait to hear learn more about Meg and her grave escaping ways. Like any good ghost story, you’ve got me on the edge of my seat!

    HMB · 14 March 2017 at 10:14

    Hi Leah. We’re lucky to have so many places of interest nearby. Though I think most people have really. I like to “pretend” I’m a tourist sometimes when visiting a familiar place to try to really “see” it. Photography helps me do this so much.

    HMB · 14 March 2017 at 10:15

    Ps Post on Meg the Witch coming soon.

Marc-André · 11 March 2017 at 14:24

Such stunning photos

Madame Zenista · 10 March 2017 at 21:06

Such great pictures- all of them!

    HMB · 10 March 2017 at 22:21

    Thank you. I’m so glad you like them.

Cee Neuner · 10 March 2017 at 17:40

Brilliant photos are usual. Thanks Helen. 😀

    HMB · 10 March 2017 at 22:37

    Thank you Cee. This week’s challenge got me out to a local Graveyard where I had a lovely morning taking photographs. Without the challenge I probably wouldn’t have revisited it.

Hugh's Views and News · 10 March 2017 at 12:30

Your photography is always wonderful, Helen, but the black and white aspect make these photos look so dramatic. I hope you find out a bit more about that Witch.

    HMB · 10 March 2017 at 13:35

    Thanks for your encouraging comments Hugh. Yes, I’m determined to find out about the Fylde Hag!

bushboy · 9 March 2017 at 22:50

Photos from graveyards are always better in black and white. Love them

    HMB · 10 March 2017 at 07:33

    Thank you bushboy. I so agree with you about black and white for graveyards.
    But roll on summer and I can be out taking colourful butterflies and dragonflies!

Arkenaten · 9 March 2017 at 22:00

What a lovely post, Helen, and the last image is really smashing. So much texture

    HMB · 9 March 2017 at 22:04

    Thank you. So kind of you to say that.

Laurie Graves · 9 March 2017 at 21:20

Magnificent is right!

    HMB · 9 March 2017 at 21:26

    Thanks Laurie. You’re generous in your praise.

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