Saturday, 7 December 2013

St Michaels Aston Tirrold


The Aston Tirrold is the sister village to Aston Upthorp where I took you last week, here you will find the church of St Michael. Now I had been here before but this time I returned with my tripod.



The entrance St Michael up the steps, the walls is cracked from subsidence
St Michaels church taken from by the other entrance to the churchyard




which will take you to the church porch










Looking up at the bell Tower with the clock facing the churchyard. One of the few clocks I have seen not placed over the louvers. Look a little further up to the left and you can see an even older clock. A sundial





















Not sure how old the porch is but it is paneled and the porch also covers and even older doorway and alcove














Inside the church you get this view down the nave from the back by the font






which stands at the back under the bell tower




Here we look past the font to the nave

















Through the arches you have the North aisle though the chapel at the end now houses the church organ


















Walk down the nave to the chancel arch and to the right is this chapel with it's own small rood screen






I thought it better to take the photo of the altar from this angle as the chapel is quite small












There are a few family memorials, these two of David Erskine Langmore and  his father Herbert Richard Langmore. It must have been heart breaking to have is son lost so far from home with no know grave.



On the South wall an older memorial can be see. Near the altar is the village war memorial, interesting to note the two hand written plaques listing people from the village involved in the war effort

The list of the village fallen from the First World War







Coming out of the chapel and into the Chancel 





I think I should have used some fill in flash but you can see the paneled area surrounding the altar and really giving it a rich look
Above is this beautiful stained glass window













Mind you it's not the only one you can see, this one is in the bell tower  at the end of the nave.







 
The stained glass on the left is in the Chancel and the other on the right can be seen at the back of the nave










Family memorials in the chancel





were you can also see this superb looking organ




Just in front of the  chancel arch is this carved wooden pulpit


At the back of the nave is this tomb which you can see in floor. You can also see this memorial to Thomas Curtis on the wall







Looking up by the chancel arch is this chandelier complete with candles








 
Talking of which the advent candles were also out



















The chancel arch has these painted finals






Flowers are always in evidence at most churches though those of you who follow my daily blog will have seen these on Wednesday

As I was about to go I noticed this alcove above a door by the chancel arch , it was the entrance to a rood loft the church once had.

My parting shot of the inside of the church.




Back outside and a quick look round the churchyard here looking towards what may have been the manor as there is a gate leading to it







Looking towards the road with a wall on the left that also has a gate which lead to maybe the rectory










On the side of the porch is this headstone







Look round and you can see many other headstones



Some which are becoming hard to make out




Near the chancel end are family graves




Other headstones are tipping 

And you can view others which have fallen along the side of the path to the church. The churchyard is small like the sister church so a new cemetery has been opened along the road which I have yet to visit.





Have a peaceful Sunday
Taking part in Taphophile tragics & Cemetery Sunday

33 comments:

  1. i love the clock. just an amazing beauty!! love the fencing. looks well weathered. ( :

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    1. It is rather nice and the fencing (walls) are old as well

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  2. Considering that this and its sister church are thought of as small churches, they have so many wonderful details Bill.. I am such a fan of arches and this wee beauty has so many beautiful arches. You really do show them so well.

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    1. Have a check of some of the other blogs in the archive like http://graveplace.blogspot.co.uk/2013/03/the-aldworth-giants.html for arches where you can see other churches with arches

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    2. I see what you mean Bill, beautifully ornate arches. That's quite a history the De La Beche family have.. I felt a little sorry for John Ever Afraid, wonder if he was just someone like me, a person with many phobias (flying, claustrophobia etc) but way back in those days phobias were unheard of :)

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    3. I think he was moved and is at Hungerford Church so I will be going over to look

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  3. It is unusual for the clock to be mounted as this one is.

    «Louis» was anticipating another of your detailed church visits and he wasn't disappointed!

    He posted this church from the 19th century in the Victorian village of Ferndale, California.

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    1. No it is usual, remember the church is older than the clock so they tend to be an after thought. Think I need to show Blewbury church again where I took photos of the clock

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  4. What a wonderful tour of this beauty that you gave us!

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    1. Thanks Pat, plenty more like that to come

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  5. I loved all of your interior shots and the blue clock face outside. Thank you for sharing this week!

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    1. I think the inside should be seen as well as outside. Thanks for coming by

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  6. That's a lovely looking church, Bill, and a really great series of photos. Its like being on a tour - I can almost smell the place.

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  7. wow this is a fabulous visit, an impressive church and I loved all the detail you have shared.

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    1. Thank you Lynn, it is a nice church like many others I visit. Thanks for visiting

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    1. It is but there are more like that in the area

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  9. A fine, comprehensive presentation of this church and its setting. Very well done.

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  10. Fantastic pictures and many interesting memorials.

    Thank you for linking up with Cemetery Sunday

    Beneath Thy Feet

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  11. Beautiful place --- so simple, but then there are those bits of color, like the window and those finials. And that blue clock! It's sobering to see the memorials inside, but I love those details. Thanks for sharing on Taphophile Tragics, Bill! :)

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    1. A lot of churches have family memorials in the church, some stand out more that others

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  12. Thank you for sharing this- what an awesome place to visit! Beautiful details.

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  13. So grand on the inside - I never would've expected! The stained glass windows are my favorite :)

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    1. Yes they are splended for a country church but then you find many gems like this around

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  14. There's a lot to see here. A very interesting place indeed. THanks for the tour!

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    1. Old Churches provied an insite into the history of the area they are is so do tend to be itersting places, can't say as much about modern ones.

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