Early April 2010 and Spring finally arrives in the UK after one of the longest and hardest Winters seen here for many years. I have photographed many churches up and down the country over the years, but few if any, in my opinion, can rate with the church of St Michael and All Angels at Wadenhoe.
The setting here is just idyllic. A small church unimposing church, set on top of high ground, surrounded by trees, nestling by the side of the river Nene. On this particular Saturday morning, the sun was shining brightly, sheep and lambs were grazing on the side of the hill. A narrowboat was passing through, to the annoyance of the local ducks. Overhead a Red Kite circled looking for food. The last of the early morning mist was being burned off and the view out over the Nene Valley was beautiful. Truly, this is a lovely place and I defy anyone to arrive here stressed and leave the same way!
For me though, the one thing that stood out in the interior of this church was a stone tablet in memory of Thomas and Caroline Welch Hunt, who were murdered by bandits whilst on honeymoon in 1824...the inscription reads as follows... "Sacred to the memory of Thomas Welch Hunt Esq, late proprietor of the estate and manor of Wadenhoe, and of Caroline his wife, eldest daughter of the Revd Charles Eusby Isham, Rector of Polebrooke in this county, who were both cruelly shot by banditt, near Poestum in Italy. On 3rd December 1824. He died on the same day, having nearly completed his 28th year. She died on the morning of the following Sunday, in the 23rd year of her age. After a union of scarcely ten months, affording an impressive and mournful instance of the instability of human happiness. Their remains are interred in one grave at Naples. They were lovely and pleasant in their lives, and in their death they were not divided" Both Thomas and Caroline had portraits commissioned in 1824, and these now hang in Peterborough Museum.