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St. John the Baptist, Brokenborough, Wiltshire, England



Brokenborough is one of those small villages hidden in the beautiful countryside that surrounds Malmesbury.  It has an air of contentedness - attractive houses with pretty gardens in peaceful surroundings.

The church of St. John the Baptist has been locked each time we have visited except on our last visit when we were fortunate enough to bumb into someone who was just leaving.  He stayed for a few more moments whilst we rushed around inside to take these few photographs.  We were particularly keen to go into the church because we had heard there is a memorial plaque which commemorates one of Mandy's relatives, Alice Gladwin.  We are grateful to the keyholder for allowing us in and thus delaying his leaving.

Mandy's Gladwin family lived in a house near the church for many years - between them being blacksmiths, teacher, sunday school teacher, coal merchants, bakers and postmistress.  As well as school teacher, Alice was the postmistress, so when there was a customer she had to leave the children for a few minutes.  One gentleman we have spoken to a number of times recalled when he was a young boy going to Alice's funeral.  Alice had been his teacher and the children were told to wear their best clothes to school, and went to the church for the service.  He told us everyone loved Alice and remembered her with fond memories.

The church is a Grade II* listed building - more information about the listing can be found at the  British Listed Buildings  website.

More information about Brokenborough can be found at the excellent  Wiltshire Online Parish Clerks  website.

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The work of the Gladwin family who were blacksmiths
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Don Lea and Maggie (nee Lea) Eley visiting their gr gr grandparents' grave - John and Martha Gladwin
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The graveyard - taken from the churchyard
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The Gladwin family home - the blacksmiths and post office
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John and (grandson) Harold Gladwin.
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Rose & Crown public house
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