The Church of St. John the Baptist, Latton, Wiltshire, England
We first visited St. John the Baptist in Latton village late November 2001 - a beautiful sunny day with a crisp chill in the air. The church looked splendid surrounded by the vivid colours of autumn: every shade of orange and brown, and the brilliant blue sky. Wonderful!
Our thanks go to the lady who arranged for the church to be unlocked for us so we could take these photographs of the inside. The welcome was matched by her obvious enthusiasm for this ancient building and all it means to her and the village.
At that time we mostly used a video camera to capture shots because using a stills camera with film was costly. The video camera shots are a poor quality but we used it rather than have fewer photographs. Sadly most of our stills camera photograph came back from being developed rather hazy - it appears there was condensation inside the camera.
In 2012 we re-visited Latton on two glorious spring days in March. This time armed with a digital camera! Although we have re-taken the outside shots, including the gravestones, alas the church was locked so we could not go inside.
The history leaflet available inside the church tells us the church was built around 1150, although of course many changes and renovations have taken place. The lower section of the tower was built in Norman times, and the upper section in the 15th century. No mention is made in the leaflet as to who wrote it - but well done to that person for producing a concise history in a necessarily small leaflet.
We had been contacted by someone who was researching her Habgood family and, as you may notice, there are quite a few gravestones and stained glass windows to commemorate this family at Latton. If you have an interest in this family, please go to Judith Habgood-Everett's website where, apart from being able to make contact with her, she shares her research into this family. judithhabgood.wordpress.com.
The church is a Grade I listed building - more information about the listing can be found at the Historic England website.