This story starts back in the 1970s. Back then I was a young guy working at Oxford Instruments in Oxford. The company was young and we had a close relationship with each other. One of the guys I worked with called Dave was a happy fellow who got on with everyone. He went to a wedding one weekend in Northern Ireland with some friends which included going on a stag night and watching a boxing match. While driving to the match along a motorway his car was forced off he road by a lorry and hit a bridge parapet and he was killed along with two of his friends. The fourth guy was thrown out through a window and survived but with a broken leg and other injuries. As you can imagine the whole workshop was numbed by the event so much so that the day of his funeral the place was empty to a man we went along to the church to say goodbye.
I can still hear Dave's laugh & giggle it was so infectious and many times though of visiting the church again. The other week I had to take my son to Hospital in Oxford near the church so while he was with the specialist I went the short journey down the road to pay my respects.
All the photos were taken Handheld with my compact camera.
The entrance to the churchyard is through this gateway
Taking you down to the church porch
Looking up the bell tower at the clock where you can see gargoyles on each corner
The south side of St Nicholas church from across the churchyard.
I took this view of the north side from the road.
Behind the organ loft is the bell ringers area
and you get a great view of the church from there as well
In the nave you can see this window which looks like it was painted by a local artiest.
Off to the left hand side of the chancel arch I spotted what looks line the door to a rood loft, seems it had been filled it after it had been removed.
One of the pews has a brass cross inlaid in memory of a parishioner
The lectern with scripture
Looking across to the nave from the entrance to the church.
Outside you can wander the churchyard where you can view the headstones, like these old ones by the wall
or this old tomb being damaged by the tree.
Other headstones are lined up along the wall because where they belong is lost
The headstone on the left looks like it had had a different type of stone inlaid where as Bertrand Rippington Brasnett was chancellor of Edinburgh cathedral.
I never found Daves Memorial I assume he was buried by his family in Headington Cemetery