Sunday, July 7, 2013

Photos from Weldon Whipple's 2005 Bocking Visit

During an August 2005 visit our daughter at RAF Lakenheath in the U.K., we found time for a day trip to Bocking, Essex.

Bocking, Monday, August 15, 2005

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The above map shows our path (via car) from RAF Lakenheath to Bocking. We drove south on the A1065 south to the A11, then merged onto the larger M11, headed toward London.

As we passed the Stansted Airport on our left (with Bishops Stortford on the right), we entered a roundabout and headed eastward on the A120 toward Braintree. Bocking is on the northern edge of Braintree.

Gate to St. Mary's, Bocking, Essex, England
Inside the gate to St.Mary's, Bocking, Essex, England
St. Mary's Church Hall and Parish Office
Bocking Hall
St. Mary's has been around for more than 1000 years.
Entrance to St. Mary's Church, Bocking
Gravestones at St. Mary's, Bocking, Essex
Another view of St.Mary's
Closeup of St. Mary's stonework

Another view of St. Mary's
Stained glass at St. Mary's
Another door to St. Mary's
We interrupted our visit to St. Mary's to look for a place to eat on the street that goes past the church.
Inside St. Mary's, looking northward
The organ at St. Mary's

Note:  On our way to Bocking, I noticed that we were at Bishop's Stortford--on the eastern edge of Hertfordshire County. I didn't think much about it at the time. It would be the following year that William Wyman Fiske published his article on the Whipple Family of Bishops Stortford, extending the the ancestry of Matthew Whipple of Bocking  two generations to Thomas Whipple of Bishops Stortford.


juanita fox said...

Beautiful pictures, someday soon I want to visit. Thank you for sharing.

Linda Yelland said...

We went there several years ago, as well. We did not get to see the inside so really glad to see these photo's. Thanks for sharing. The grave stones were along the side like this --we thought it was because they were going to redo the lawn but I guess it will be always be this way. Wonder why? said...

Blaine Whipple. My first visit to Bocking was in 1962 and I spent time in the Church registry checking entries on my Whipple ancestors beginning with Matthew, Sr.s family.