It was one of those days that seem to be more prevalent in recent years, when making a decision is a challenge to say the least. It was not a matter of earth shattering proportions but only where to go on a excursion for the day.
After much deliberation not to say sole searching I remembered many years of travelling up the A11 from Newmarket on my way to Thetford and Norwich and passing through the village of Elveden with its church, country estate and it associations to an Indian Prince with a Scottish nickname and a pint of The Black Stuff.
On this day we arrived from Brandon in the west, passing The Center Parcs entrance before crossing over the newly opened A11 bypass taking the traffic traveling between London and Norwich away from the village Elveden at last after many years of ever increasing volumes of the motor vehicle.
St Andrew and St Patrick Church
The Cloisters leading to the Bell Tower
Although the church was locked it was a pleasure to wander around the church yard which was blessed with a profusion of snowdrops. Now that it no longer sits on the A11 it would have been a tranquil visit apart from the RAF Jets performing their manoeuvres in the clouded skies above.
The Plague to The Memory of Maharaja Duleep Singh
The Cloisters Looking from The Bell Tower to The Old Priest’s Door St Andrew and St Patrick Church
The last resting place of The Maharaja Duleep Singh, his wife Maharani Bamba
and one of his sons, Albert Edward Alexander Dalip Singh, who died at the age of thirteen
In the shadow of St Andrew and St Patrick Church Elveden, Suffolk.
The Guinness Family Plot Here lies Edward Cecil Guinness 1st Earl of Iveagh and Viscount Elveden,
His wife Adelaide Maria Guinness,Baroness Iveagh and later Viscountess of Iveagh
and their descendants.
Useful Web Links:
The First Wife of Maharaja Duleep Singh
Edward Guinness, 1st Earl of Iveagh