Morley - Part 02 - Still Near The Church
w/e 07 September 2014
All of this week's pictures were taken with a Kodak DX6490
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For this second instalment of the Village Trail around Morley, we returned to the Church Lane area for another look at some other interesting features near St Matthew's Church.

Church Lane

As we approached again down Church Lane my thoughts went back to previous walks in the area both alone and as part of walking groups. There is a raised path on the left of this narrow sunken lane which is what I knew many years ago as Donkey's Hollow. A previous solo walk from Stanley had brought me to the church along the path seen here but with walking groups we had also walked down Church Lane in the opposite direction. But that's not all - we had also reached Church Lane along footpaths across the fields of Church Farm and dropped down to the lane via a narrow and awkward stile at the signpost on the right.

The Grade II listed farmhouse standing to the right of that footpath through the fields also previously served as Morley's Post Office. From the raised path on the opposite side of the road I thought the engraved stone in the archway over the door said 1812 but the British Listed Buildings website records that the property was built "Early C18 and 1842" and it also says that the stone panel is "inscribed OBJUS/1842".
(Note to self - time to get your eyes tested again!)

All the walks we have followed previously generally head towards St Matthew's and another building that is obvious on the approach is the Grade II* listed Bateman family mausoleum in the southwest corner of the churchyard. It was built in the perpendicular style by G F Bodley in 1897.
Bateman Tomb

This picture taken on one of those earlier walks when access to the mausoleum was possible shows some of the interior including the altar, the Bateman tomb and some of the stained glass windows.
Memorial Panel

These three images were also captured during that previous visit and show some of the panels that adorn the interior walls. The large one (above) in an ornate script begins "Here resteth Sir Hugh Alleyne Sacheverell Bateman of Morley and Etwall .... " The circumstances of his passing are a little unusual and frankly quite gruesome in part. Read on only if you are not squeamish. Briefly he was involved in a riding accident in Morley Hayes Wood in 1896. Apparently he had a "skill" of sleeping in the saddle whilst letting his horse find its own way home. He was also a pipe smoker and unfortunately the horse passed under an oak tree and a low bough hit Sir Hugh full in the face. The pipe penetrated the roof of his mouth and entered his brain and although his injuries were not immediately fatal, he contracted an infection and died several months later.

Lieut Ronald Greenfield plaqueEdith Mary Greenfield plaqueOther memorial plaques are for Lieut Ronald Greenfield (left) of the First Battalion of the Rifle Brigade who died at the Somme in 1916 and his mother Edith Mary Greenfield (right). Edith, whose body also lies in the mausoleum was Sir Hugh's wife's sister, Anna Lister-Kaye. Anna had remarried Commander Russell Lister-Kaye, Deputy Director of Naval Intelligence during WW1 in 1913.
Loaf Gate

The entrance to the mausoleum is via the north facing wall and the doorway is surrounded by gritstone walling and an archway which is thought to be the Loaf Gate, the only remaining portion of the old manor house. The Loaf Gate was where the Lord of the Manor distributed bread to the poor.

The mausoleum underwent some significant restoration in 1996 following a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund and with the help of the Mausolea and Monuments Trust and English Heritage. The work included the wrought iron gates at the entrance and the restored family crest above the doorway among many other features of the mausoleum too.
Morley Hall

The manor house had been built in the seventeenth century by William Sacheverell and was demolished (apart from the aforementioned Loaf Gate) in 1757. Evidence of the old Manor House can be found on the other side of the church wall and the shadow of the foundations are visible in aerial images of the area (link). The new Morley Hall, seen here from outside the mausoleum, was built near the site of the old manor house by Mr Sitwell in 1837 for the Wilmot-Sitwell family and has since undergone several extensions and restorations. A public footpath runs between Morley Hall and the church and most of the walks we have previously followed take that route.
To The Kissing-Gate

To access the footpath means leaving the churchyard and passing through the kissing-gate at the corner of the churchyard.
By The Church Wall

Field EdgeThrough The CropsFollowing the path by the church wall leads across an open space to another gate. From here there are two options. One is to carry on to Morley Hayes around the edge of the field (left) and the other is to follow another path diagonally across the field (right) through the crops to Morley Smithy. This is one reason why it is so difficult to devise a circular route around the village without backtracking.

We will head for Morley Hayes later but in Part 03, our objective will be Morley Smithy.
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