Saturday, 3 May 2014

St Michael & All Angels Hughenden


You pass this church on the way to Hughenden Manor, in fact it is in the grounds of the place though is the parish  Church. St Michael & All Angels  dates back to the 12th Century when Sir Geoffrey de Clinton built the church here between 1100 & 1135. My reason for Visiting was to see the Manor where Benjamin Disraeli used to live, the church was a must after seeing it as I drove past plus I knew Disraeli was buried there.




There is a carpark nearby and you go in past this covered noticeboard 





On entering the churchyard you see the church 
 Walking on up the path you can get a nice view of the whole church
 Go past to the west end and the churchyard to see the bell tower





which as you can see  has battlement  type parapets running round, a feature on many English churches

A view of the chancel end of St Michael & All Angels,  Disraeli's grave is the one with the blue fence







The building is flint faced with tiled roof and chancel crosses on the apex
 You enter the church through this porch which was most likely built when the church was extended & restored between 1874 and 1890
The nave in St Michale & All Angels






This is the North Aisle and chapel  
 The Chancel, I had to wait about five minuets for every one to move out of the photo





Looking back down the nave


            The magnificent looking backdrop to the chance , I had to get the ceiling in as well

 Above the altar is the chancel window





On the left on of the stained glass windows in the church and the right part of the mural in the Chancel









                                               Very ornate organ in the Chancel




The magnificent memorial given by Queen Victoria to Benjamin Disraeli and on the right I think is the Order of the Garter awarded by the Queen








This arch leads through to the North aisle




where you can see some interesting  tomb effigies 





 This one looks well worn but was most likely carved like it 




The most impressive one you can see in the church



















More stained glass you can see in the church








One feature that stands out is the beautiful marble pulpet









Memorials, the one on the left is to the men who died in the second world war







The font at the back of the church seems simple in comparison to the rest of the place





This is on the pillar in the north aisle





detail on one of the stained glass windows






coats of alms on the same window












Back outside the churchyard is well used





with a mixture of old and new graves




some like I have not seen before
 This one stood on it's own a sad reminder of the First World War





 John Crutchfield was just 17 when he died. RIP







North side of the church






The grave of Benjamin Disraeli, his wife plus also his benefactor are buried here side by side
The vault at the east end of the church to Disraeli

You can read more history on the church if you visit their website  Hughenden Parish Church
Have a good Weekend

6 comments:

  1. Beautiful. I feel a sense of the history just by looking. The images are wonderful. The inside is beautiful. The graveyard is exquisite. Thank you. MB

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  2. I had to go brush up on my Benjamin Disraeli history!! That is what I love about these linkys they make me do research.
    Lovely photos and very informative.

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  3. gorgeous windows. love all the woodwork inside. amazing!! ( :

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  4. What an amazing place! The architecture is truly awe-inspiring and the inside is so beyond words. Wow! Thanks so much for sharing.

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  5. What a fantastic post, such an interesting place. So sad that the young Bugler lost his life at just 17.

    Beneath Thy Feet

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