On my local travels where I had been searching out World War2 Pillboxes or just out walking I have visited a few churches which I looked round the outside of and did not manage to look inside as the door was locked. They will be worth a visit if I get the chance.
The first one I will show you is St Marys Chapel Shifford which can be seen from the Thames Path as you walk along it. I managed to visit after looking at a couple of nearby pillboxes.
The chapel dates back to medieval times though my the 19th century it had become derelict and was replaces in 1863 by a Gothic Revival one designed by architect Joseph Clark
The gravel path leading past the churchyard
The churchyard with many old graves in
The south side of the chapel
The path runs beside the church from St peters Hill
The churchyard is also on a hillside with many old graves.
some in great condition considering their age
Others stand out for people to see.
Last I will take you to Brigtwell-cum-Sotwell a village not far from mine where there are two Churches. They used to be in two separate villages but they joined together to form one.
The first is St Agatha a name I have not come across on a church before, this was the old Brigwell end of the village The building is part stone and b
One of the interesting features about the churchyard is the Cob wall
But you can see a magnificent tomb chest on the north side of the church.
Looking towards the church from the west end of the churchyard
The path leading past the west side of the church
Some of the graves on the south side
Finally We come to St James which was at the Sotwell end of the village
The graves in the churchyard seems old and in good conditon
The churchyard well kept
Ivy covered headstones and angels
The west end of St James
The church is well worth visiting if you happen to be in the village which I might add is a nice place to look round with thatched houses and a pub to stop off for lunch at. I wish you all a good Bank Holiday weekend