Inspired by Penelope Keith’s Hidden Villages, I thought I would start an occasional series about the less well-known villages local to Broadway.
Penelope Keith visited The Cotswolds in Series 3, Episode 1, and one of the villages she visited was Ebrington, so that is where I am going to start.
Ebrington is about 7 miles from Broadway, so a nice easy hop in the car. We found a spot to park on the main road and then went exploring. The quiet little village roads have cottages of traditional Cotswold honey-coloured stone and we were surprised how many thatched buildings there were.
Its interesting to look a little closer at the thatch. You get a bird or animal in thatch on the top sometimes but you can also see the different stages of the thatch if you look underneath. A thatched roof can last anywhere from 10 to 40 years depending on the material used but often after 10-15 years maintenance is required. Sometimes just the ridge (the top-most part) is refurbished or sometimes the top layer is replaced, so by looking underneath the eaves you can see the old and new thatch. If you see a thatcher at work, it is fascinating to see the craftsmanship in thatching a roof.
Ebrington, together with most other villages, has a lovely church – there’s is called St Eadburgha which brings a link to Broadway as Broadway’s old church is called St Eadburgha as well.
This photo shows 2 panels with rather curious inscriptions from the Epistle of St Paul to the Ephesians! Not sure I agree with the “Wife” version but they are certainly interesting.
The text reads:
“Wives submit yourselves unto your own Husbands as unto the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of ye church and he is the Saviour of the bodie. Therefore as ye Church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing.”
The Husband version reads:
“Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved ye church, and gave himself for it; that he might sanctifie and cleanse it with the washing of water; by the word: that he might present it to him self (a) glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that ye should be holie and without blemish.”
There are a number is interesting inscriptions and features in the church so take your time to have a look around, and hopefully you will have enough time to just sit for a little while and enjoy the peace and serenity in the church.
Coming outside again, it is probably time for lunch, tea or maybe just a coffee. The Ebrington Arms must be calling …
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