After almost scoring a bull’s eye this morning
at the monthly Towton Battlefield Society longbow practice, we took a walk across the field to a medieval church I had noticed from the window of the pub which kindly lets us practise archery.
In the event, the church was ‘just like any other church’ in the words of my daughter, although it wasn’t really quite like a functioning one. Clearly, an abandoned monument is hardly going to have flowers or cushions or prayer books in it – at least for very long. At the same time, I was pleased that there didn’t appear to be signs of vandalism.
The church is in fact the only building remaining from the village of Lead. How different therefore the fields pictured above must have looked in medieval times!
There are actually a number of walks around the fields in this vicinity and we had to stop shooting a number of times for walkers nearby. Our arrows may be made of carbon steel rather than yew but that doesn’t make them less deadly. I am baffled though as to the attraction of what to me is an empty landscape.