On Monday, November 10, we drove an hour and 30 minutes to Worcester to inspect the elder’s flat.
It had been a boot factory, hence the memorial to the boot in the courtyard by their door.
Imagine our surprise to find that the flat was seconds away from the famous Worcester Cathedral.
Part of the Cathedral buildings, a few feet from our parking spot.
Worcester Cathedral beckoning to us, but we had to save it for another day, as we had an appointment at the sister missionaries’ flat across the Severn River.
Between our parking spot and the elders’ flat is a museum, also saved for another day!
After our flat inspections, we drove to Malvern Hills to the home of Bernard and Val Haw, friends we met two years ago on our trip. They are compiling a book about Wilford Woodruff’s 1840 travels in the area, an interest we share. They fed us a wonderful lunch and then took us for a ride in the countryside.
Bernard studied Wilford Woodruff’s 1840 journal and has retraced his steps. Here is another baptismal site.
Here is a field that Wilford Woodruff crossed to get to the brook where he baptized some members. It looks like it hasn’t changed at all.
On our drive we passed the Alflick & Lulsley church where our ancestor Hannah Barber Jenkins’ family was from. (She was baptized by Wilford Woodruff and she and her husband Edward went to Nauvoo, where he died, and she married John Rowberry and they were pioneers in 1849, settling in Tooele.
Hannah’s father and grandfather, Thomas and William Barber were christened in this church.
We had to stop and take a peek at the Alflick church!
What a quaint, old church! Bernard pushed the door open and we explored inside!
From the information there, we learned that it dated from the 1200’s! So awesome to think of our ancestors sitting here, worshipping on the Sabbaths, having the priest christen their babies here.
We loved the little canopy garland of hops hanging in the chapel.
Alflick chapel window.
Continuing our drive, this was the Tapperdine House, (the sign on the lower left is blurry) where Wilford Woodruff preached.
A baptism place, now a part of a reserve set aside for families to come and enjoy nature.
One more place where Wilford Woodruff preached.
A few days later, on our way back from a zone meeting in Cheltenham, we stopped by a member’s home to pick up paint clothes for a later painting party. You can see our new elder, Elder Dunn and Elder Chantry and Elder Libutti!
Hard to capture this long narrow lane up to the member’s home, but it is quite steep and long.
The home is surrounded by beautiful gardens they have made on their acre of land in Thrupp, just minutes from our flat.
We’re still enjoying the beautiful autumn colors, also in the Dando’s gardens.
Their beautiful patio, overlooking the hills surrounding.
On a previous visit Mark told us that Princess Anne lives just over the hill from them , pictured here, and Prince Charles has a country home just six miles south of that. Posh neighbors! Cheerio!