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I've managed to visit every St Mary's Church in the county of Rutland (mind you, there are only seven [snigger]). It was a bit cold so I wore a hat to most of them. I'm not sure that it suits me, but it keeps my wonderful ears warm. Click on a picture to read a bit more about the church (and to see more pictures of me!).

September 2018: I've just been informed that my researchers have got it wrong; I've not visited every St Mary's in Rutland, one got missed off the list. Grrr!

October 2018: I've just visited the missing one, Greetham. Hurrah!

November 2018: And now there's another one, Ayston, looked after by the Churches Conservation Trust. I don't know why I pay my researchers; they're obviously not up to the job! [You don't pay your researchers, Big Ted, they do it because..., well nobody knows why they do it!].

Ashwell (138)


Clipsham (140)


Ketton (135)


Edith Weston (137)


Greetham (181)


Manton (132)


Morcott (133)


South Luffenham (134)


Go back to my St Mary's Churches page


138. Ashwell

image of big tedI had to sit on the ground for my main photo - it was a little damp.

Inside, the font has a huge cover (with nothing to hang on to) so I had to sit below it for my photo.

140. Clipsham

image of big tedMy final church in Rutland. It's another church without a notice board, but with a very comfy wall for a bear to sit on instead. Uncle Les managed to get a great photo with the church behind me.

The font cover looks very heavy and is suspended just above the font. I managed to hold onto one of the sticking out bits for my photo. I was very careful not to make the cover move too much or touch the font. I took off my hat for this photo to reduce the weight. (I may be a BIG Ted, but I'm also a very light Ted as I'm not allowed to eat much CAKE.)

135. Ketton

image of big tedimage of big tedThey don't seem to go in for notice boards much in Rutland. Mind you, this St Mary's had a very handy lych gate for me to sit in instead. I then found that the notice board was in the porch instead (so I had to have another photo taken, of course)!

The font was suitable for a good bear photo too. I see Uncle Les has managed to get in the "Please mind the step" sign as well.  There was also a huge fabric picture in this church called Ketton 2000. Lots of people had made different bits of it and sewn it all together; it was really very interesting.

137. Edith Weston

image of big tedWell, this is a funny name for a village - I'm sure it's really a lady's name!

The church is very nice though. It has a very interesting square font, with a square font cover and a big cross on the top.

181. Greetham

image of big tedimage of big tedHurrah! At last, my final St Mary's church in Rutland - and what a splendid St Mary's it is.

It has a square font, which is a bit different. But much better than that, it has a drum kit! I want one for my St Mary's - I could join in all the services then, 'specially the really quiet bits!

132. Manton

image of big tedI met a lady with a friendly dog outside this church. She was very nice and interested in what I was doing (the lady, not the dog). This was my first St Mary's in Rutland. It was rather cold so I made sure my hat covered my ears to keep them safe.

The church was open so I went inside to look around. As you can see, the font is quite big and is sitting on three legs. I'm sitting on the font and have two legs.

133. Morcott

image of big tedimage of big tedIn this St Mary's a lady was playing the organ just for me! [I think if you remember correctly, you'll find she was practising hymns for Advent, Big Ted].

The font had an iron ring on its cover and the porch had a lovely little window (two more photo opportunities for a photogenic bear!)

134. South Luffenham

image of big tedSouth Luffenham is near North Luffenham, which made me luff! [Good grief, Big Ted!]

In this church, all the kneelers live on top of the pews (maybe they've got mouses!). But it looks quite pretty 'cos you can see all the designs on them.

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