14-Jun-2004 -- After our visit at 52N 1W we proceeded towards the Prime
Meridian without delay.
Passing beautiful rapefields we went towards the small
A bridle way leads close to the confluence, and a 200 metres off in the South
two lines in a wheat field are leading exactly North-South on the
So the point is easy to reach, and there is no need to cross
and bend the wheat plants.
To the North we see a radio mast, to the South we see again the lines
through the wheat field, to the West there is again wheat,
and the most interesting object is seen when looking towards East: The St. Mary Magdalene
Church of Barkway, to
which we went after in order to have a closer look.
There has been a church here certainly since Norman and possibly since Saxon
times. During the 13th century, the chancel was rebuilt and traces of the
13th century are still visible on its north side.
In the 15th century, the nave was widened, the aisles and celestory added,
and the tower was built.
The most beautiful thing the curch offers is the "Burma Star Window".
After this interesting visit we went back to the area where Gordon lives and
had a very tasty dinner together in a nearby restaurant.
This was our last confluence visit on our tour from the Orkneys to the Prime
Meridian and the next day Ryanair brought us safely back from
London-Stansted to Friedrichshafen in Southern Germany.
Many thanks again to Gordon for his assistance and excellent organisation!