PARISHONERS will be able to take a long walk down memory lane as they delve into the fascinating past of their church.
English Heritage has recently sponsored a thorough investigation into the buildings and artefacts at St George’s Church, in Hanworth Park.
The team examined the Saxon moat, the Tudor Court – which are the remains of King Henry VIII’s hunting lodge where he provided early bed and breakfast for ladies from Hampton Court – the yew walk and more.
Vicar Paul Williamson said: "We have discovered that Offa, King of Mercia, gave the Manor of Hanworth to the Abbey of Westminster ‘to atone for his sins’, which probably means that St George’s Church dates from before his death in 796.
"St George’s has Saxon stones, a Saxon crypt, Saxon porticus (burial chamber), much medieval glass and interesting and beautiful contents."
The full report will be launched at the St George’s Day Service at 4pm on Saturday. There will be red buttonholes, Land of Hope and Glory (with flags) and a party to which all are welcome.