Saturday, 18 July 2015

St Mary Newnham Murren



St Mary isa grade II listed building and dates back to the 12th century, was restored in 1849. The church was declared redundant in 1973 and now belongs to the Church Conservation Trust   I have visited the church before but came back to get some new photos for my blog. You find the church at the end of a farm track beside the farmhouse you can also see it walking along the footpath from Mongewell.


View of St Mary as you come through the gate, I thought my photo looked out of shape but looking at another photo of the church gives the same look




Looking up the north side of the church, the worn grass marks the path to the porch




the east end of the churchyard
19th century porch






West end showing the bellcote





further along from the west end is this wonderful old Yew tree
Headstop carved in the buttress supporting the bellcote





back along to the west end of the church
 and a view of the South side 




On entering the church you are greeted by a view to the south aisle




and walking along to the chancel gives this view





The chancel looks quite devoid of memorials on the wall like other churches
Here we look to the chancel arch




which if you look up has writing on




below are a couple of tombs which still have the inscriptions on but the pulpit and pews over them make them hard to make out







The altar and stained glass chancel window





The altar is plain and unadorned and the covering hides a Jacobean altar





here we look back to the nave and looking out I think it must have been quite hard to see the service by the altar






 The final on one of the choir stalls





which are beautifully made and carved








The stained glass window really does stand out



I took photo's of each of the panels in the window and these are cropped from the photo's
The first shows the birth of Christ




Second the baptism by St John





third the last supper




and fourth the resurrection. Seems a shame very few people come here to appreciate them














there are a couple of lancet windows in the church, one on the left is in the chancel and the stained glass on by the pulpit






The pulpit is another Jacobean feature you can see

 Looking down from the pulpit will give a wonderful view of the church






Looking back to the pulpit








At the back is the font though I could not tell you the age




 The only memorial is on the south aisle wall and is in Latin




St Mary does have a small church organ
This is the view you get from the organ





The two ceilings, one on the left is the chancel and the right the nave
 One thing I noticed missing in the church the last visit was the lack of electric lights



but they still have the candle lit lamps on the walls. I noticed there was a painting missing when I came in











This one which was there the last time I came. I can only hope it's gone off for Restoration it was damaged which I last saw it










 Going back outside I'll start over on the south side of the churchyard




Which you can see has graves with fresh flowers indicating it is still in use




as you can see new graves have been added












but there are parts which are old 









and a corner of the church which is new













The churchyard looking old and becoming overgrown







You can see come across the odd grave with a foot & headstone













or the ones with some nice carvings on





though the inscriptions are lost to time














on the east end you can find a couple






one which has some nice carving on the outside and the inscription still clear



 This poor wooden cross will soon be lost and forgotten as the Ivy takes hold



Over near the fence you can see one which lays forgotten, ivy growing over and will soon cover it all














The far end of the churchyard lay these two graves, how long I wonder till they become overgrown.
If you happen to be walking along the Ridgeway and go through Mongewell the you could do worse that making a detour along the path to Crowmarsh where you will find the church.
I'll leave you with this photo of some fungi which I came across growing on the cut off section of the Yew tree. Have a wonderful Sunday.






8 comments:

  1. i love the head carving ... reminds me of a boat/ship. love the stain glass windows too. ( :

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  2. This church and old cemetery fascinates me. Such history here. Glad you shared it with us.

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  3. Thank you for the tour. What a marvelous church structure. What does it mean to be redundant? No longer needed? Who cares for it then? Is it used at all?

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  4. Bill, how do you find all these beauties? Tom The Backroads Traveller

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  5. I like that you show all the details in this church...thanks.

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  6. What a wonderful little place! I'm glad to see that it is taken care of even though it's not in use.

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  7. Beautiful old and charming church. And the old necropoilis

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