The Spire on St John's Burford is one that can be see for miles from along the A40 on the top of the of the Windrush Valley. The church dates back to the 12th century being built in 1175 and since then has been added to many times to make it what you see today. I visited it on a cold January day.
Be warned this is one of the longest blogs I have written in a while and I pondered wither to do it in two parts but I decided to leave it long, so get yourself a coffee or tea and enjoy the tour.
And the main entrance
Looking to the south side of the churchyard you can't help notice some of the tombs
over to the west end more headstones
One of the tombs you can see
along with many more
Going round the churchyard to the east you pass this tomb
On the east end of the churchyard are more family plots
On the north side some older ones along with the odd shrub
To the right is the River Windrush
Surprisingly I did not take many of the church, probably because it was so cold and I did not want to change to the wide angle lens
On the north aisle you can see a wonderful covered font which is beautifully carved
At the back is the town war memorial listing the fallen from the first war, there is another for the second war though not so large
On the side is the Guild Chapel that became the Lady Chapel which was built around 1200 but was Incorporated into the new porch in 1400
I could not really take what I wanted on my visit as there was meeting going on and I felt I would be being rude mooching around them
These are some of the memorials I managed to take in the guild chapel
I have say it is the most impressive chapel I have come across yet for memorials and there was more to come elsewhere in the church
The inscription on the side of his memorial
small explanation on who Edmund Harman was
The North aisle where the memorial is, what I did not realise at the time through the far arch was another which you will see is amazing
Which you can see here on the left
I thought it was wonderful
even the chancel window was stunning with all the scenes you could see on it.
But how about this for a backdrop on the altar, a quite stunning nativity scene
This memorial to Sit Thomas Tanfield and his wife Elizabeth was through the arch I mentioned and was quite stunning being the most amazing tomb effigy's I've seen yet
The fellow kneeling is their grandson Lucius Cary 2nd Viscount of Falkland
This is about as full a view I could get using the lens I had
This is the tomb canopy which is very elaborate
Couple of views of the effigies themselves
Near the tomb is this clock mechanism and bell
The clock was made in 1685 by Hercules Hastings for the sum of £10.
There are a few more chapels to see but this one was worth looking at with the memorials and the boards listing gifts to the poor
Lots of people wanted to be remembered well
on the floor were more memorials or they could even be crypts
This was another chapel I noted
with this fellow taking pride & place on the wall
who is John Harris who was alderman & mayor of Oxford. He was also a benefactor of the town.
Looking towards the stained glass window at the back of the church and the eagle lectern
View up the central tower
The Pulpit which I did not think to get a photo from this time
There are some really nice stained glass windows in the church
view along one of the aisles and some of the wall painting which have been uncovered
Have a nice Sunday.