South Charlton – St James

DSC02987I had a meeting here – it is a long way north up the A1, onto the Berwick OS map NU164202. Pevsner gives the church two lines: “1862 by James Deason of London for the Duke of Northumberland. Small but good quality church in E.E. style”.

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Entering the churchyard on the north side, having parked on the road through the hamlet, I passed the war memorial, and was surprised to see that the only WW2 name is that of a woman.

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Inside the church is another memorial plaque to the lady – Sarah Elizabeth Dixon. There is a good website about the Queen Alexandra’s Imperial Military Nursing Service – http://www.qaranc.co.uk/qaimns.php. I can’t find any mention of Sarah, so I have emailed them to see if they have anything. If they do, I’ll edit the blog.

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Not – sorry good folk of South Charlton – a particularly stunning church, but they had the kettle on and made us welcome. They have plans and I wish them well.

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