Saturday, 31 January 2015

St Peter & St Paul Wantage


I originally published this blog back in 2013 and at the time decided I would revisit the church a week or so I did so in this update you will find some old photos mixed in with some of the new ones I took
 Wantage sits by the Berkshire Downs (now it is in Oxfordshire) and was once a prominent market town, they still have a market there every ween as you can see in the photo below taken back in 2013. The church itself dominates the town which is famous for  King Alfred the Great who in legend burnt the cakes . His statue  stands facing the church  in the market square (well he was born in the town) he also used to have the odd bit of underwear hung on him after school end of term party's.  The town it's self is quiet with many historical ties and has a small museum you can visit along with various coffee shops and tea houses or if you like the pubs. Wantage also was a spur for the old Wilts & Berks canal and much trade was done that way till it closed in the 19th century because of the Railway but even now the town does not have a nearby station. From Wantage you can visit much of the surrounding countryside & towns and lucky on both the days I visited it was sunny.




King Alfred the Great









  Looking towards the market square





The chancel end of the church which was having some renovation done at
 the time this has now been removed
 















And a gargoyle watching the proceedings







This is the church today





Gargoyles to pour rainwater on some unsuspecting person














The churchyard





Some of the older headstones in the churchyard.










The north side of the church
















Where you can find some interesting history









and what looks like a memorial plaque




















Towsey Memorial on the South Wall

 Going inside the church you are greeted by this view towards the organ





When the church was reordered about ten years ago the organ was restored and moved to the back with the loss of the view to some of the stained glass
Mind you there are some beautiful candelabras in the church




















The altar in the centre of the tower and looking through towards the Chancel taken back in 2013

I had to adjust the color on this view looking to the chancel as it was very dark

The Cancel in St Peter & St Paul

The Altar and Chancel Window





Chapel with some superb stained glass windows, taken in 2013


















This is the chapel when I visited in 







The Ormond Family Memorials in the chapel, the and the Mothers Union Banner













Choir stalls and rood screens 











Arches and stained glass






Tomb effigies to Sir William Fizwaryn  I think the tomb was covered with an arch at one time but some has been destroyed




The coat of arms of Sir William





There are some interesting memorials on the wall as well.














The font with font cover and the memorial near by











memorial to a Hopeful young Gentleman









The war memorial at the back of the north aisle































You can see some great stained glass in the church


The window at the end of the North aisle
 
 




The South Aisle on the left and North on the right


















The Stamp family Memorial and the rater nice Pulpit










One of the floral displays in the church








couple of the very nice church brasses now on the walls










 The rood screen leading to the chapel
Floral arrangement by the Madonna & child statue

The War memorial near St Peter & St Paul

I will leave you week with a view of the sun reflecting through the glass which I took in 2013 which for some reason I could not recreate this time .
 Have a wonderful Sunday



5 comments:

  1. Another wonderful tour Bill. Thanks Tom The Backroads Traveller

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  2. I cannot pinpoint which part and which picture I am most impressed of. All's great and wonderful. You are always taking the readers to great destinations with very interesting subjects. I can never get bored with your posts.

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  3. Magnificent tour of a beautiful church. I have always been jealous of those people who have their names written within the church - their names are preserved while those in the graveyard diminish with time. None of my ancestors were ever rich enough or in a high position to have their names within the church.

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  4. Great post with so many details that this church has to offer. I always love spotting gargoyles...

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  5. For some reason, I don't think I have ever visited Wantage - though I can see it is the kind of place we'd like. Wonderful shots, Bill. You really do a good church tour!

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