Monday, 23 February 2015

St John the Baptist Moulsford




There has been a church on this site since the early  part of the 12th Century though  it  first mentioned that a chapel  was here in 1220-1227. In 1508 4 shillings & eight Pence were left to the church by John Cockles (that's about 25pence in today's money) and in 1547 Thomas Benet left 3shillings & four pence. Back then that was a lot of money. It shows the church had benefactors.  In 1846 most of the medieval church was demolished and the current church was built on its foundations. It was designed by Sir George Gilbert Scott in the Gothic Revival stile and the  building retains the west wall of the original church, which includes a 13th-century Early English Gothic lancet window, and the timber frame of the bellcote. St John the Baptist is now part of the Benefice of Cholsey and Moulsford.






The church is not large in compared to others in the area 




but is typical being flint faced




it's also not far from the river Thames which could explain why there was not one here before the  12 century as Danes would have raided it after seeing it from their boats going upstream
The west end showing the Bellcote





The new part of the churchyard with recent graves


The older part



with some interesting looking cast ones




the names seem to have long gone














though this one has an outline




The odd tomb




lichen covered headstones




 more of the churchyard which has been cleared









some tombs covered in moss














I really like the cross here on the left, the one on the right is getting lost to moss  growing on it







 




which is damaging the words 




these two belong to Arthur Edwards and his Sister. Arthur was vicar of Kintbury












Looking up the more recent part of the churchyard


Robert used to live down the road from the church and if I'm right  his Sister is Anne Packer who won a gold at the Tokyo Olympics in 1964
The grave on the right is that of Frank Abbots who used to work in the Boilerhouse at Fairmile
















Like to know how old these two are



I thought these were tomb slabs but realised they were headstones laid down, the far two must have stood really tall
Couple of differing stile crosses



I have visited the church in the past but since my last time here some things have changed, the two doors at the back were the fist thing I noticed
Never realised the font was on a tomb either



 These tow memorials were here and framed by the
 original bellcote frame for the tower









This was something I missed last time, box Pews on either side of the nave







Some nice work as usual by the local WI and a rather nice stained glass window 






The place names Great & Little Runsford do not exist now though there is a place named Runsford Hole along the Thames nearby.
  The place now known as Runsford Hole in Streatley was originally Runsford, misspelled sunesforda  in an early charter relating to property in 895 but surviving in a copy from the 12th century, but then as Runeford 1250-60, Runesford 1338, along with other spellings.  This plaque confirms that it was a more important place once, because it records the Great and Little distinction


Some photos of the church which I must admit I had a terrible time trying to capture, this is looking down the nave from near the font 





From the center of the church you  look back for this view where you can see the timber frame of the bellcote




looking over to the side and the North Aisle, this has changed since the last time I came here




No doubt when the church was built they made room for the organ as it sits nice in this arch
 The Chancel area with the altar and Stained Glass window
Which I have to say is very nice and must look good when the sun sines through in the morning





There are a some nice memorials in the church
 along with the Roll of Honor



This is one of the most impressive bequests I have seen yet



 Memorial to one of the former vicars
 Mother Father & Daughter, if you look at the skulls in the top two you can see they Face each other






The North Aisle has some nice stained glass


















and at one end features a kitchen now, the cupboards were made  by reusing some of the wood in the old aisle




Looking the other way towards the organ, the door to the side take you to a restroom




A nice carved lectern and pulpit
grace one side














while the other has a carved pew
















Someone went to a lot of trouble in this work, the detail is superb









 Floral displays are always worth looking at in a church







Crucifix on a staff and a view of the ceiling in the chancel area












 Here we look back down the nave from the Altar




and a view from the Pulpit.
That normally would have been it for this week but the next day was sunny so I went back and got thses few shots












The West end Lancet window and the sun shining through another





the church looking at he original west end wall with the window, the cross is a memorial of a former Vicar









But I'll leave you with the Lancet window with the sun shining through, 
Have a peaceful Sunday





7 comments:

  1. It looks a lot more interesting inside than I would have expected.( I don'tknow why I am so often surprised at this kind of thing. You really can't tell! )

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  2. i love the fencing. it ALL has such character. very very cool!! ( :

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  3. Bill, You always find such wonderful stone churches. The stones in the graveyard are so interesting. Tom The Backroads Traveller

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  4. What a quaint little church! It's amazing that it has endured for so long.

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  5. It's a beautiful church. There are many meaningful features such as the memorials and stained glass windows with much artistry in the woodwork, floor tiles and stonework.

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  6. Look at those carving on the lectern and the pews...very impressive. The memorials inside the church are interesting, especially the ones on the floor.

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