This church is one of the Langtree Ministery which I have been visiting and I was pleased to see how nice a church it was. I usually check the door is open and have a quick look inside if it is before getting my camera gear and this occasion was no different but I noticed the entrance door was Norman and inside had some wall paintings so I am going to do this blog in two parts with the internal views next week. St Peter & St Paul has it's own Wikipedia page so if you want to read a more in depth history click the link above.
Some history from Wickipedia page on Checkendon
" The Church of England parish church of Saint Peter and Saint Paul is a 12th-century Norman building. All but one of the windows were replaced later in the Middle Ages with Decorated Gothic and Perpendicular Gothic ones, and the Perpendicular Gothic west tower is also a later addition. The building is Grade I listed. The church has an early 13th-century wall painting of Christ in Majesty above a procession of Apostles. The murals were faithfully repainted when they were rediscovered, but more recently this has been considered over-restoration. The bell tower has a ring of eight bells. Four were cast by Lester and Pack in 1765, two were cast in 1879 by Mears and Stainbank and two more cast by Mears and Stainbank were added in 1967. The turret clock is by Tucker of London, dated 1853. Saints Peter & Paul parish is now a member of The Langtree Team Ministry: a Church of England benefice that includes also the parishes of Ipsden, North Stoke, Stoke Row, Whitchurch-on-Thames and Woodcote. War artist Eric Kennington (1888–1960), who was churchwarden, is buried here."
Always nice to see a Lych gate leading to a churchyard.
FIrst view of the church shows it has an Apse on the Chancel
South side of the church
East end with Apse
Going around to the North side
and a north side view of the church
Above the bell tower and to the right a view of the East end and the Apse
The churchyard on the South side of the church beside the path
and around the West end near the tower
Couple of older headstones
Snowdrops & Ivy
Looking over at the east end of the churchyard
Chest tomb on it's own
Fenced Chest Tomb
This time of year snowdrops abound in Churchyards
looking back to the church from the end of the churchyard