While Strike is away in Cornwall, Robin visits Leamington Spa to follow a lead. Her first stop there is All Saints Church, where Margot Bamborough had allegedly been seen after her disappearance in 1974.
“She managed to secure a parking space in Priory Terrace, right beside the church, and set off on foot around the perimeter, marveling at the sheer scale of the place.” Troubled Blood, Chapter 45
Photo below of Priory Terrace with the parking spaces to the left.
“It was a staggering size for a relatively small town; in fact, it looked more like a cathedral with its long, arched windows.” Troubled Blood, Chapter 45
Robin turns right onto Church Street.
“On the right, a low wall topped with railings provided an ideal spot for a motorbike rider to park, and enjoy a cup of tea from his Thermos, looking at the graveyard.” Troubled Blood, Chapter 45
“Except that there was no graveyard. Robin came to an abrupt standstill. She could only see two tombs, raised stone caskets whose inscriptions had been eroded.” Troubled Blood, Chapter 45
“Otherwise, there was simply a wide stretch of grass intersected with two footpaths.” Troubled Blood, Chapter 45
As Robin observes the old tombs, she notices the word “Virgo” etched in the stone. She does a quick Google search and locates a genealogy page for the people buried here. It’s possible that the page here is the exact page Robin discovered. It also provides us with a closer look at the etchings Robin saw:
Robin walks around to the front of the church “until she reached the great oak and iron double front doors. As she headed up the stone steps toward them, she heard the low hum of a hymn. Of course: it was Sunday morning.” Troubled Blood, Chapter 45
“After a moment’s hesitation, Robin opened the door as quietly as possible and peered inside. An immense, somber space was revealed: chilly parabolas of gray stone, a hundred feet of cold air between congregation and ceiling.” Troubled Blood, Chapter 45
“Robin smiled apologetically, quietly closed the door and returned to the pavement, where a large modern sculpture, part squiggle, part coil, was evidently supposed to represent the medicinal spring around which the town had been built.” Troubled Blood, Chapter 45
You can find more information about All Saints Church on their website here or find them on the map below: