All Saints' Church in Brompton celebrates the life and work of both poet William Wordsworth and inventor and philanthropist George Cayley
Sir George is considered the inventor and pioneer of, among other things, flight, and the poet married his childhood friend Mary Hutchinson at All Saints’ Church in the village. Evidence of their lives and achievements are celebrated and recorded in the church and its environs.
The variety of daffodils Lobularis which inspired Wordsworths poem I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud have been planted in the churchyard.
The poem runs:
I wandered lonely as a cloud
That floats on high oer vales and hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd,
A host, of golden daffodils;
Beside the lake, beneath the trees,
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.
Dr Mary Jones, a member of Brompton by Sawdon Parochial Parish Council, inside All Saints
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Dr Mary Jones said: It is known as the village window. There are swifts, swallows and mallards, which are plentiful in the village, Low Hall, Brompton Hall, where Sir George lived, and the cricket field which is just the same today.
Scratches in the church porch were made, said Dr Mary Jones, by archers
The quilt celebrates the 200th anniversary of Mary Hutchinson and William Wordsworth's wedding on October 4, 1802.
Along the left-hand side is the Brompton connection including a silhouette of Mary, the couple surrounded by golden daffodils and Gallow Hill Farm where Mary lived.
Across the top are the Brompton swans and a rainbow in honour of another Wordsworth poem The Rainbow.
My heart leaps up when I
A rainbow in the sky ...
The right hand side of the tapestry has been stitched with Wordsworth connections to the Lake District including his home Dove Cottage.
Along the bottom is the love poetry to his wife dispelling the myth that the only woman Wordsworth truly loved was his sister Dorothy (though she did not attend his wedding).
The window is made up of images of village life and its landmarks
Brompton Bells an illustrated poem by Marjorie Watson was written at the time of a bell appeal in 1991. It was in danger of being destroyed until Dr Jones rescued it from the damp bell-tower and had its calligraphy restored by villager Jill Clegg.
The church is open every day, said Dr Jones. It is important that people are able to come into it and just sit.
It is used by the whole community for all kinds of things including the making of a music video,
A poem celebrating Brompton church bells
A pane in the village window celebrates the playing of cricket in Brompton