Ive always considered Holy Trinity Church in neighbouring Elsecar to be a bit of a dark, uninspiring place. But today, whilst browsing around Elsecar Heritage Centre, I discovered that the church has some very important windows designed by William Morris, so we took ourselves off for a look. Sadly, the church was locked, so we only got to wander around the church yard. The church is dark - blackened by the soot from coal fires over the ages, but it is very majestic too.
The church yard is home to a host of heavenly angels
A few of the graves were for miners who had been killed in tragic accidents in the area in the past as we have no mines left around here now. I remember when my dad was a miner and pit accidents were all too frequent in those days - indeed he came home with many a stitch in his face on occasions, and refused to let me go down the mine in the cage on the centenary celebrations in the late 1970's as he knew just how dangerous it was. The recent events in Wales took me back to a time that I thought we would never see again in the UK. My heart goes out to the families of the men who lost their lives. It makes me feel unbearably sad.