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All Saints, Ashover

August 9, 2014

All Saints, Ashover

DSCF9167All Saints is open each day and the sign outside proudly says that all are welcome.

DSCF9168There is a selection of postcards inside as well as a guide and some pens for sale. Also various Nicky Gumbel books and booklets. 18 people had signed the visitors book in July. Some ‘bats’ are available to wander around with.

DSCF9170There is much shiny brass here too and one of only around 30 Norman lead fonts left in this country. Apparently many were melted down to make musket balls during the Civil War. The reverse of ‘swords into ploughshares’.

Here is also a display of church links and those the church supports overseas. There is a prayer request book and a prayer tree to use. A children’s corner is set up to amuse younger visitors. It also shows that there is a thriving group of children at All Saints.

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There are some good memorials here – the one to Thomas and Editha Babington being especially fine.

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I rate All Saints as very good for the purposes of this study. There is a website at http://amberchurches.org/ashover.html

One last thing. On the west wall are mounted some wonderful fire extinguishers, filled with some sort of liquid. Does anyone know anything about these? They do look pretty old and I doubt that they would be very effective. They are labelled ‘Universal Fire Extinguisher’. They are not very big.

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