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Picture by John Wesley Barker

Picture by John Wesley Barker

St Wolfrida’s at Horton is a strange little church. It was built in 1722 on the site of the ruined parish church. This was in turn built on the site of a former Priory Church. The site was originally a Saxon Abbey founded in 961

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Horton church window

Picture by Neosnaps

Picture by Neosnaps

The window is early 18th century. The pulpit is of the same date, but Pevsner believed the iron stairs to be mid 19th century. The pulpit was placed in its present position in about 1924, previously having been on the south wall of the nave. Box pews below.

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Stooks

Picture by Clifton Beard

Picture by Clifton Beard

This field of Stooks near Horton is a rare sight in the day of the combine harvester. The purpose of this practices was to protect the unthreshed grain, hay or straw from moisture until it can be picked up and brought into long-term storage. Today it is only used when the straw is intended for thatching.

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Horton Tower

Horton Tower by cgt

Horton Tower by cgt

Local legend has it that Horton Tower, (or Sturt’s Folly), was built by landowner Humphrey Sturt so that he could watch the local hunt after he became too infirm to ride with the hounds in his old age.

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