Rochford, The Queen's Knight
This little village was invented by me for my book, The Queen's Knight. The fact that it exists, in the place I invented it and not only has an ancient Norman church, but a castle mound is still a wonder to me.
The ancient church has been remodelled and the old Norman entrance, with it's zigzag carved dog-toothing, has been blocked up. However, one can still see the tree of life carved on the tympanum, below. The tree is still an emblem etched on the parish notice board.
Rochford was in the Burford Barony. Near Tenbury Wells, and in a rich farming valley, the church shows signs of having prospered through the ages. The earliest, Norman door faced Rochford Castle.
All that remains of the latter is the castle mound. It would have been a simple motte in all probability, made of wood, and defended by the river, which has, in the eight hundred years since, cut away much of the mound.
The windows in the church date from Norman to recent. The glass in the most recent is to Kieron Gledhill; another remarkable coincidence as it is my mother's maiden name.