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SANCTUM

 

SANCTUM

 

Welcome back, curious friends – there is a little more sand in the glass. As we move into the 17th century, the reign of Queen Elizabeth 1st comes to an end with her death in 1603. As for Dunfield – or Downfield as it is known at this particular time in history – new tenants arrive as the Bull family take up occupancy.

Records are vague around this time and we know very few details about the family. However, what we do know is that George Bull went on to become the Bishop of St David’s and would live in Brecon at the Bishop’s Palace. Also, the Rev. D.J. Bull, a member of the same family, became the rector of Presteigne. The Bull family- and Dunfield- survived one of the most turbulent and wretched passengers of history ever recorded. As Queen Elizabeth 1st dies, a sinister and malicious beast appears and creeps over the land, it has no pity and swathes a path across England – it is the plague! 

As if the reap of the plague is not enough, in 1642, the English Civil War breaks out. The conflict between Charles 1st and parliament over Irish insurrection sees nine, long, blood-soaked years of conflict between Roundheads and Cavaliers. England is no longer such a green and pleasant land. With ravenous disease and the tumult of war dominating this era, Dunfield tucked under the apron of Bradnor Hill, remains relatively unscathed and immune from the brutality and confusion that slowly suffocates the country. Dunfield, in her uncorrupted sanctuary, lets the pale horse of destruction ride by.