Saturday, 5 April 2014

All Saints Chilton


This is a second visit to this church, last time I took photos with no tripod and was not happy with the results. This time I made sure I had one. The church dates back to the 12th century and the village is mentioned in the Domesday book sitting just off the ancient Ridgeway trail, the place even had a minor part in the second battle of Newbury during the civil war. In the last century it saw action from the second World War as the old RAF Harwell is on the boundary and I wonder how many men visited the church prior to the D Day invasion.





Above is the view you get waling in from the rear entrance to the church the main one is through the Lych gate here which may well have has a hedge or wall at one time on either side.













The path leads past the old churyard






 All Saints Church in Chilton




A path leads to the porch 














from thi sold gate which I am asuming was the rectory at one time






the path also runs from east to west in the churchyard







Inside the church is quite light and retains its pews





The chancel arch is quite small compaired to others and on one side is the carved pulpit the other a couple of memorials





One of them is the village war memorial listing the dead of the first war with a smaller one for the lost of the second war
The carved wod pulpit stands on a stone plint








Looking in the chancel you find that very light and airy












With stained glass window dipicting the birth, death on the cross and the resurection on Jesus Chirst







On either side of the chancel these stained glass windows can be seen





Memorials can be seen on the chancel wall




some on their own














Others in the Nave where you can also see the loft




















The font is old as the arch here, an old door blocked up along with what looks like a small window




















Avsouth aisle is a later addition and you can see the roll of honour for the Parish of Chiltn






Keelers as aways look very neat




Back in the churchyard you can wander round the many old graves like this fenced tomb





The small angle is on the north side where as the headtone you see is on the south













Here we look along the north churchyard





Daffodils growing near some of the headstones that have been placed agains the wall

8 comments:

  1. Fabulous! The stained glass is wonderful.
    For some reason your mentioning that the RAF had had a base adjacent to the church in the Second War made «Louis» think of Evelyn Waugh's Sword of Honour Trilogy, even though there is no real relation between the base and Waugh's trilogy...

    «Louis» posted First Congregational Church in Palo Alto, California.

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  2. A really lovely church and super pics.

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  3. What a great tour! I do love such old and beautiful buildings.

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  4. hi, Bill ... i really enjoy how you get all the details. so beautiful. love the castle feel to this beauty. love the purple chancel (i would have called it an altar?) ... you are teaching me new words or meanings. i would say where they kneel to pray (you called them a kneelers). thanks, for the lesson. i really enjoyed it. i love working on my mind. take care. ( :

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  5. Beautiful! A treasury and a legacy. Great shots. Thanks. MB

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  6. Love the tapestry knelling stools

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