Some would argue that it is only a large village, but with a school, a largish Co-op supermarket, a smaller grocery shop, a hardware shop, a hairdresser's, an estate agent, a newsagent, quite a large restaurant, a smaller café, a post office (until a couple of months ago), two churches, a veterinary practice, a butcher's, a public library, a dispensing chemist, a pub and even a biggish shoe shop, I think the description of small town is justified. I go there to get my hair cut, even though it is a 16-mile round journey.
Having time to kill, with Chris being at a U3A meeting, I had a stroll round. Not for long mind you because the bright morning sunshine was replaced by cloudier, chillier conditions and, eventually, rain. I made my target the churchyard of St Mary the Virgin. This greatly predates the coming of the railways, the nave probably being 12th Century. The church is mostly of ashlar construction, using the local iron-rich Jurassic sandstone.
The church of St Mary the Virgin, Woodford Halse.
20 December, 2018
Adjacent to the war memorial is this recently-installed bench.
Churchyard of St Mary the Virgin, Woodford Halse. 20 December, 2018