b'and then there is the manor house, opposite the entrance to the school. The footpath from the cemetery takes you into Church Close, a recent development. Turn right along the High Street with its assortment of buildings and turn left up South Grove.The footpath at the end of South Grove will bring you to a footbridge over the railway line and notice boards with details of Wymington Meadow and footpaths. If you continue on the same side of the tracks, through a belt of trees, you will get to a second bridge, passing near the site where about sixty bronze age axes were deposited, probablyin a ritual offering, since it was near a spring, on Mr Gooseys farm. The footpath then crosses a second footbridge and across the meadow with its flower-rich pasture to the loop line, back alongside the line, until it turns right, (at another footbridge) away from the line, back to the first crossing, South Grove and Church Lane.Before leaving, walk round the very decorative church, built in 1380 through the generosity of a local wool merchant. FARNDISHFarndishmeanspasture overgrown by fern or bracken. The rhizomes make good feed for rooting pigs, and appropriately it was here that Saxbys of pork pie fame, raised pigs, made into pies in Wellingborough and transported widely. I remember Saxbys in Bedford in Silver Street, the last shop to visit on a Saturday before catching the bus home. You might be surprised to learn which 007 allegedly ate Saxbys pork pies on set.Philip Saxby now operates The Cider Yard, at Grange Farm. The logo is the crafty pig, a Gloucester old spot piglet. This breed is also known as the orchard pig, and can raise piglets on pasture, in orchards. Formerly an arable farmer, Philip says he got into cider by accident. He was growing apple trees and alongside them planted some cider varieties. He now produces Saxbys sloe gin slider, flavoured ciders, limited edition cider matured in French oak barrels, and Straight Outta Orchard - scrumpy for purists. Walkers from Wymington and Podington turn up for refreshment in his yard. There are some fine stone buildings: one long, low range, a small chapel, and tall farmhouses. The thirteenth-century church is quite small with a squat tower, but a very decorative south door, and it does have bats in the belfry! The stone Parsonage House is next to the Church. Rector GJ Chester came down hard on Statute Fairs (times when servants were hired for the year) as a time of fiery temptation and dreadful peril to the young. The public houses are all filled, those of the worst names having dancing rooms The footpath infront of the church leads across fields to Podington - andWymington.Appropriately enough the Chantry Certificates for the reign of Edward VI give a return for a a drinking in Ferndyche Charles Ward from the rent for a cottage in Farndish. The rent from a tenement provided in addition a drynkyng upon Rogation Monday by yere xx.d. Follow us on twitter @OVLMagazine Find us on Facebook OVL Magazine 55'