Saturday, 19 December 2015

Nuffield Church



Nuffield is a small village between Wallingford and Nettlebed in Oxfordshire. It's along a country lane off the main London road. On the outside of the village you will find the Holy Trinity Church. I had gone over there to get a photo of a grave I had found out about. This was a revisit and by chance the church was open so I took the opportunity to get some photos of the inside. Since writing this blog back in 2013 Gerry Anderson who made Thunderbirds service was here before being cremated in Reading and Sir David Frost was buried in the churchyard.









Outside by the road you can see the village war Memorial





 The church itself is flint faced.




Inside I found there was a party of visitors being shown round by the rector.
























The wooden pulpit in the church















 
It also has this wonderful graveslab in the aisle








You can also see a small brass memorial and some wonderful stained glass windows.

















 The Nave and chancel which is plain and very simple

























Like most church's the organ is addition crammed into one side 

















 The stone font though is original and is simple with little carving on it.













Outside the churchyard is well kept and you can see the grave of William Morris or Lord Nuffield who started Morris Garages in Oxford.












Nuffield is a peaceful little village and if the church is open when you visit then take the time to go round and walk round the churchyard as well. 
  Holy Trinity Church
This will be the last edition of this blog I will be posting this year so may I wish you all a very

 Merry Christmas 
Happy New Year.

Saturday, 12 December 2015

St Peter & St Paul Church Hanborough




The spire of the Church of St Peter & St Paul can be seen for miles around and I had driven past it many times in the past but finally on this occasion I managed to stop off at the church for some pictures. The church is a grade 1 listed building and dates back 900 years being built in 1130. One of the surviveing things from the  12th century features include Norman tympanum. The parish is now part of the Benefice of Hanborough and Freeland

 Looking along the path leading to the church




Some of the older graves in the churchyard





A chest tomb in the churchyard







Detail on the chest tomb

























Looking over the churchyard on the east end of the church












The porch leading to the church, inside you can see the Norman tympanum with the door leading into to the church
























Inside looking down the nave and 13th century chnacel arch














Looking up at the crucifix which hangs over the rood screen













Another view showing the rood screens.













Amazing rood screen top














Carved wooden pulpit











 Stunning stained glass chancel window





This is a depiction of a body in a shroud and dates back to medieval times



















 This is the war memorial for first Long & Church Hanbrough they lost a lot of men in the first world war










This I'm sure is the old cock from the top of the church spire.

 









Some old stained glass and a statue of the Madonna and child





At the back of the church you can see the stone font  and if you look at one of the pillars  you can see these old memorials.








 The chapel aisle has tombs that are old and worth looking at.


I'll leave you with a view of the crucifix over the rood screen

 This post was first published in 2013 and the photos are not quite as how I would like so at some stage I may go back for more but I hope you enjoy what I have shown
 

Saturday, 5 December 2015

St Margaret Catmore


I came across this church one day when My wife & I went for a short drive at lunchtime. We had gone to West Ilsley where I noticed a church then drove through the village where I noticed a sign pointing to an historic church. By then it was time to go as I had to return to work so looked it up on the Ordnance Survey map.  A few weeks later I returned to get some photos'
The Church dates back to the 12th century though only the South Doorway and font remain from then the rest was restored in the mid 1800's though the nave roof dates back to 1607. The church is now looked after by the Church Conservation Trust
 





As you can see this part of the churchyard is covered in fallen leaves
The west end of the church with the single bell dating to 1700







Showing the South side & porch which is as good as I could get due to the tree on the left





Looking down the churchyard to the East end of the church





This is the small vestry which is Victorian

Looking along the South side to the Yew tree





The Norman doorway leading to the church, on the right doorpost  you can see these crosses which have been gouged in the stone work
















The church inside looks very rustic though very light










looking from the back of the church shows it's lack of use over the years

Going further down the nave you see a chancel arch leading to the small chancel





On the way to the chancel you bass this set of box pews for the choir with the wooded lectern in front




The chancels is small



with plainly decorated altar






Lit by a single twin lancet window, To the side in the small vestry








 Turn round and it gives good view of the nave to the right is the pulpit





To one side is this seat










You get a good view of the nave from the pulpit



and below you can see the small Church organ














You can also see the panelled chancel ceiling  after stepping down from the pulpit
 The lectern and kneeler behind

  Nearby is a tomb let in the floor of the Dewe family from the 1800's



You can also see a couple of memorials in  the chancel, the one on the left still with the stone makers name on the bottom. On the right is the Stephens family memorial





 One of the items of note in the church is this Norman Font though I doubt the cover is that old




One thing you will notice are these  cartwheel chandeliers  and the old oil lamps hanging from the ceiling
cartwheel chandeliers
cartwheel chandeliers

There is no other form of lighting in the church
cartwheel chandelier
cartwheel chandeliers




going back outside the one crypt you will see is this one I suspect that of the Stephens family who have the memorial in the church




Nearby is another tomb and a couple of headstones




this  one is near the church



The tomb of Reeves family is under the yew tree




The rest of the churchyard is rather sparse with few headstones to see
I'll leave you with this shot I took as I left the churchyard



One word of warning if you are visiting Watch the path which you can see on the photo to the left, as you go to and from the church. It gets very slippery as you climb the steps just out of sight to the left of the brick barn. I fell heavily on my way back

Have a good weekend