Looking isn’t Necessarily Seeing

Stone on the remains of the chimney at St. Nicholas Church, Laindon with Dunton
Stone on the remains of the chimney at St. Nicholas Church, Laindon with Dunton

I’ve been going to St. Nicholas Church, Laindon with Dunton since 1999 and I’ve taken lots of photos both inside and outside the building, day and night in every season. So, I didn’t think there was anything I hadn’t spotted before, until last week. I was waiting for the photographer from the Basildon Echo to come up to take my photo for an article about my book, ‘Daffodil and the Thin Place’ and while I waited, I looked around again for something my camera hadn’t captured before.

And there it was.

On what remains of the old chimney, is a square stone, which bears the cross of St. Andrew, overlaid with a vertical sword and topped with a crown.

I’ve no idea what it is or why it’s there and I can’t believe I’ve never seen it before but it just goes to show, when you think you’ve seen everything, you very likely haven’t!

And if you haven’t seen ‘Daffodil and the Thin Place’, an ebook which is set in and around the church, you can grab a copy here. At least that won’t be on your list of things you’ve never seen.

If you know anything about heraldry or engraved stones on former chimneys or if you recognise this particular stone, please get in touch…