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    Walkern Church (Saxon)
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    by DemonTraitor Written Mar 1, 2005

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    Ancient Saxon church located in one of the oldest parts of the village.

    The church is home to a very ucnommon stone carving of a knight that was buried in the walls. The stone tomb representing the knight has his legs crossed.

    Cross-legged Knights indicate that the person so represented died in the Christian faith. As crusaders were supposed so to do, they were generally represented on their tombs with crossed legs.

    “Sometimes the figure on the tomb of a knight has his legs crossed at the ankles, this meant that the knight went one crusade. If the legs are crossed at the knees, he went twice; if at the thighs he went three times.”
    - Ditchfield: Our Villages, 1889.

    Walkern Churchyard
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    • Historical Travel

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    Box Wood is a medium sized deciduous wood situated between Walkern and Stevenage, that has ancient paths, and once contained a very small village/community that was wiped out during the plague.

    The wood is easily accessed via many footpaths and bridleways that criss-cross the surrounding countryside.

    The wood is a hive of wild animals such as Deer, Grey Squirrel, and Rabbit. It also has a great abundance of Mushrooms from Shaggy Caps to Morrels - great for foraging.

    Sanctuary
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    • Birdwatching

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