The first day of the Throapham Heritage Weekend has been a great success, over 100 visitors came to look around the church, go on the guided walks and chat to us about history and archaeology in general. The Guardian came over to do an article for next weeks edition too.
I helped the Friends of Throapham Church identify some more masons marks (being tall has one advantage). Someone brought some drawings of masons marks in other South Yorkshire churches and we're now able to say the tower of Throapham matches some of those in Rossington and Misson. This indicates the masons were either local or all the works were done at the same time. One of these masons has a very distinctive 3 leaved clover with a stick and line at the bottom. I've seen many masons marks but this one is amazing.
The big talking point of the day was the vast amount of houses the council want to build around Dinnington, It looks like the village will double in size in the next 20 years and no-one is happy with it!
Nature was also out in force today, hundreds of hoverflies and ladybirds have been buzzing around various flowers in the graveyard and the sun came out as well!
The church is open on Sunday between 13.00 and 17.00 - come along it's well worth a visit.