Beyond the Almshouses turn left to pass into the playing fields known as 'The Sentry.' This name is a contraction of 'Sanctuary' which indicates its original association with the Church. As might be expected with our history of dissent, relations between the citizens of Moretonhampstead and the rector have occasionally been stormy, and there has always been controversy over whether 'The Sentry' was 'Glebe Land' under the Rector's hand or the playing field that had been used from 'time immemorial' by the townsfolk. This was once doubtless one of the ancient sanctuaries of the country with all the priveleges and amenities attached to those institutions in the past. The Sentry is one of the most peaceful open areas of the town. If you take the footpath to the right and stroll through the gate you can get an aerial view of 'Mardon,' the grand house that was built as a Rectory at the start of the century. The views here are breathtaking - from Woosten over Mardon Down to Hound Tor and the majestic ridge of Hameldown. You may wish to take the public footpath down past 'Mardon' and on up to the Downs, however, the Red Trail itself turns back towards the Church. An oak tree to commemorate Sir Winston Churchill was planted in the Sentry on 15 February 1967. It was given to the town by the 'Men of the Trees.' To your right you will see the playing area for local children and you then enter the Church Yard where you can visit St Andrews Church, the next point of interest on this walk.