Purley on Thames is an old Berkshire parish very near Reading. The village dates back to Saxon times and the church here was founded around 1121 and described as 'ancient' in a founding charter of Reading Abbey. It was burnt down in 1135 during the Anarchy and the Normans rebuilt it in 1150. Graves dating from the 10th & 11th century were uncovered about a foot under the surface in some excavation work in 1982. I came here to look for a grave of someone killed in the Reading Bombing of 1943 unfortunately my search came to nought and the church was locked as well which is not uncommon in the area. These are a few photos I took while I was there.
Nice lych gate leading to the churchyard
Few old headstones lined up against the churchyard wall
The churchyard itself on the south side of the church
View up the belltower and one of the war graves in the churchyard
This headstone is a memorial, one of the persons mentioned was killed in a bombing raid on the Rhine
North side of the church where they have extended the church. A feature I am not keen on as it spoils the look of the church, I think this was were the 10th century burials were uncovered
That's it for this year. May I wish you all a Merry Christmas & Happy New Year and thank you for taking the time to read my Blogs.