I pass through the beautiful Mendip Hills in somerset quite frequently but this time stopped to photograph the cleft in a rock face that was the inspiration for the hymn ‘Rock of Ages’.
There’s a cleft or large fissure in the rock face to the right that’s said to have given shelter to the Reverend Augustus Montague Toplady during a severe storm of 1763. He was a preacher in the nearby village of Blagdon and was caught out in the rain on this route, where, presumably with a bit of time on his hands to contemplate the meaning of life he scribbled the initial lyrics down.
The fissure – which is very evident in the picture below is now marked with anengraving on the nearby rock face.
Whether its’ strictly true or not – it’s still great tale, and reminds me a bit of the one about Robert the Bruce and the Spider…..