A BOUT of Black Death and a fracas at the village priory were among the historical events which inspired a church organist to write a fiction book.
Rosemary Barralet has delved into the past of St Peter’s Church in Wootton Wawen. Local records and events from bygone days were woven into her story - which centres on a schoolboy who finds himself dragged into the past while on a field trip.
Mrs Barralet, who is also a schoolteacher, said: “The history of the church and its surroundings is well documented and St Peter’s Saxon Sanctuary exhibition has attracted thousands over the past ten years.
“But I felt it would be good to present the story in a form which would especially appeal to children. As it turns out, the mixture of fact and fiction in my little book seems to entertain people of any age.”
And one group of youngsters from Solihull School got to follow in the character’s footsteps when they dressed in habits and went on a tour of the village. The visit gave the children the chance to learn about monastic life hundreds of years ago.
The Yellow Stone of Wootton Wawen is available to buy from St Peter’s and some local bookshops - with proceeds going towards restoration work.