St Sampson’s Church in Cricklade

We have been asked to decorate the picturesque church of St. Sampson in the historic village of Cricklade and, at the same time, we were excited to learn more about this beautiful church’s history. Described in travel guides as the one of the finest in Wiltshire, its age is striking – there had already been a church at this site for almost 200 years when the Normans invaded!

The church was built to accommodate seven alters.  This apparently is the requirement for cathedral status. It also has a pair of scissors carved into the stonework which symbolises Cricklade’s connections historically to the leather industry. Cricklade, a 9th century Anglo-Saxon town, is itself worthy of a visit. The residents are very proud of their town and it won the Royal Horticultural Society‘s ‘Champion of Champions’ award in the Britain in Bloom competition a few years ago.

With churches and summer come, of course, many weddings. We are also hoping that our July brides are looking forward to their special day, and that the sun shines for them. Certainly, the weather forecast for the first week is already looking fantastic.

And, thinking about tropical, from the rainforest of South America, how about this for the funkiest plant ever? The monkey face orchid!

Monkey Orchid
Posted on Tree Nation, the Monkey Faced Orchid (Dracula simia) from South America