One of the places I visited while I was in Sussex last week was the church of St Peter and St Paul in Hellingly.
I was intrigued by a description of it in a tourist information leaflet, which said the church was built on a raised circular Saxon burial ground called a cric.
According to the leaflet: "The circular form of the burial ground is believed to represent the Celtic symbol of immortality and was raised above ground to keep the dead dry."
It was a beautiful day when I visited. The sun was out, the sky was blue and I had the churchyard all to myself to soak up the atmosphere - which was beautifully peaceful.
After walking the bounds of the cric, I went inside the church - which, unfortunately, was considerably less peaceful as a woman wearing bright yellow pyjamas and a pair of Crocswas noisily vacuuming the nave.
I guess the dust needed to be kept in its rightful place, but it wasn't really conducive to quiet contemplation so I left and sat outside on a bench in the sunlight to whisper a few words in honour of the ancient dead who rested there.
If you are thinking of visiting the area, Hellingly is on the Cuckoo Trail, a lovely walk on the site of a closed railway line through the Sussex countryside.