Saturday, 21 March 2015

All Saints North Moreton



North Moreton sits next door to it's neighbour South Moreton only split by a few fields and a railway line, no doubt the parishes are of a similar age though the church of All Saints here was built around the 13th century. Much of the original features can still be seen in the church 








All Saints  church is easy to find just off the road going through the village




 On walking round the path from the gate you pass old tracery and a few headstones leaning against the wall




Further round you come to the porch



  to view the church you need to go down to the new part of the churchyard though a lot is obscured by trees 



the back you can see what is the South Aisle 





Looking back to the Bell Tower and porch
 The porch leading into All Saints






On the north wall are a line of carved heads  looking as old as the church

The outside of the South Aisle and Chancel


The impressive bell tower from the base




Coming in the church you get this view of the church from the South Aisle
 Then walking over to the nave  you get a wonderful view down the aisle to the Chancel Arch





one side is the carved wooden pulpit and lectern




The Chancel Arch above which you can see two supports from a rood loft that was once there. You can tell this from the doorway off to the right which was the entrance to the loft
The Chancel with choir stalls on either side





The Altar and chancel window, I think the staff to the left is the sextons staff 














Either side of the chancel you can see these windows, one of stained glass the other now removed




The altar with a crucifixion mural  





which is done using mosaic tiles  and has marble surround
 The stained glass chancel window









these are a couple of close ups of the centre section














Not quite sure what the feet on the floor were about but they had all the kids names on them











The choir stalls on 



either side were wonderfully carved on the front with intricate finals 









 The carved choir stall finals







The sextons staff and a view out of the  chancel arch towards the nave

The altar & south aisle window

The magnificent south aisle window





the altar is impressive too




as it has murals painted on it





Looking up you can see some of the old brickwork and wood framing













the altar cross and chalice. On the right is the window we looked at from the chancel












in front of the altar are the outline of three tombs the inscriptions lost to time












looking through the arches that divide this chapel from the chancel
The roll of Honor of those who fell in the first war







The interesting thing to note is under each name is where they were killed
Names on there I know today as their relations live on






In the nave is the roll of Honor for the second war


 
Nearby you can see a doorway and steps which would have taken you to the rood loft, this side would have has a staircase leading to it. Beside is a bequest to the parish






this is the remains of a church brass, the figures long since gone. The organ ins in the back of the nave












another roll is this one commemorating a ring of bells done in 1958




Last view of the church from the pulpit.













going back outside you see a small churchyard





with the main one behind




along with a few of the older graves near the church




a footpath runs through the churchyard to a walk at the end






Looking up the churchyard




 Some of the older headstones in the churchyard.
You can see more of the older headstones reused along the footpath by the church going round the end to a second entrance gate. The church has not change since my last visit and looks to have a bigger congregation than it's neighbour. It is also nice to see it has not been re-ordered and had the pews removed. The church is well worth visiting if you in the area especially to see the stained glass windows
Have a nice weekend

7 comments:

  1. Once again Bill, thanks for the detailed tour of this beauty. Tom The Backroads Traveller

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  2. This a lovely church, bigger inside than you imagine.

    Diana
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  3. i enjoy all the archways ... very cool. they seem to be very popular all over this beauty. ( :
    arches ....

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  4. It's a stunning church! I love the classic stone structure. The interior is quite lovely too.

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  5. You gave us such a great views of this old church inside and out.
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  6. A gorgeous old church. The stained glass windows are amazing.

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