That was only a few miles from the last one in Ichen Stoke
The following week It was Tichborne which came as a welcome surprise when I walked in the doorway, It's not often I come across a church with box pews and with memorials dating to the 1600's
The last of the Hampshire places was Magdalen Hill Cemetery
Near Winchester which is huge and you can spend ages looking around
I ended the month with the first of some local churches I had gone around one Saturday
June started off with a visit to St Peter & St Paul Appleford which is just outside the village and is a nice little church to visit if you are nearby
I returned to Little Wittenham in the next blog with some photos from the inside and some unexpected history for me
After that I went to Wales and my first blog of the year from that area which was Old Radnor Church
and indeed it was old with the oldest organ in the country still playing dating back to 1540 when Henry VIII was on the Throne
By contrast the next church St Tecla only a few miles away was not as old
Like wise Crowmarsh Church which looks as though it could be interesting inside
Tr was back to Wales for the last blog in July and St Mary Gladestry a very nice old church that welcomes people with a stocked kitchen you can use
I then visited St Agatha in Brightwell
One of the older churches local to me and needing a revisit on my part
Botley Cemetery came next One I had visited many years ago and sorted out the photos from, it had the first Commonwealth War cemetery I had seen and had both sides from the World War Two conflict side by side.
The last visit for August was St Bartholomew Nettlebed Which I had been to before but never inside. It's also the church where Ian Flemings relations are buried.
So that's it for 2016some new Chrcuhes and a few old, if I had to pick favourite churches then I think it would be Old Radnor with the Organ from 1540, looking at something that was made that long ago and is still working fills me with wonder. There are others like Tichborne the Reading Churches and Sutton Courtenay that left me standing in awe as well but the fact the churches are still there have people looking after them and worshipping in them shows they mean something.
May you have a wonderful weekend.