Saturday, 21 October 2017

Holy Trinity Theale

I had been visiting Pillboxes along  River Kennet number of years ago when I passed this church on the way home so I stopped off for a few photo's. Unfortunately the church was locked at the time and I have not had a chance to return since. Some history via Wikipedia
The parish church is Anglican, and is dedicated to the Holy T rinity. Designed by Edward Garbet, the church was consecrated on 21 August 1832 by the Bishop of Salisbury; it had taken about 15 years to build. The benefactor was Dr Sheppard's wife Sophia, who donated £39,000 for the building of a church, rectory and school, though other sources state that the donation was closer to £50,000. Dr Sheppard had died in 1814 and wished a new church to be built to replace the earlier building. Sophia was supported in the founding of the church by her brother, Martin Routh.
The church, especially the western fa├žade and the buttresses, bears resemblance to Salisbury Cathedral. Nikolaus Pevsner wrote that the church is modelled on the cathedral. In 1833, John Claudius Loudon described the body of the church as "satisfactory" and said that "the tower, and all the turrets, and terminations to the buttresses, are too short". The steeple is positioned to the south-east of the nave, with suggestions that its building was an afterthought. John Buckler built the tower between 1827 and 1828, with suggestions that he modelled the building on Salisbury's bell tower – demolished about 30 years previously – though little artistic and architectural evidence supports this.
Previous rectors and curates at the church include Martin Routh and Edward Ellerton.
The church has been compared to the now-demolished church of St George in Newtown, Birmingham, due to the designers' use of existing architecture, rather than "forcing [...] their own inventions".


The church's original organ had a single manual and was built by R. W. Rouse of Somerton, Oxfordshire. It was restored in 1933 by G. H. Foskett of London, with funds donated by the Blatch family. The restoration saw the organ moved from its original position in the church's west end to the nave, with preservation of the pipes. A second restoration was undertaken by Richard Bower of Weston Longville. "

Looking across the churchyard towards the West end

Above and left the west end and one of the entrances to the church

Unusual the belltower is on the south side with an arch taking you through the tower

Outside the churchyard and the tower with drive leading towards the East end

The Village War Memorial with wreaths left from the Remembrance day service

Looking up at the clock in the tower, right the other side of the Arch that leads through the tower

The North side of the church and churchyard

Some of the Victorian cast rain pipes on the side of the church

The church notice board though at the time I found it unusual that it was in the Diocese of Oxford being the village in in West Berkshire

More of the north side and what is most likely the vestry on the side

I'll leave you with this view towards the west end of the church
If I get a chance to I will return to the church again sometime and try to take photos inside

Saturday, 14 October 2017

St Nicholas Newbury Pt 2

As promised the second part of my look around St Nicholas Newbury. What took me by surprise was the amount of stained glass windows in the church

Above you enter through porch above and are greeted by a floral display beside the portal

Above which is this wonderful window of the birth of Christ

Facing you is this effigy on a memorial though I could not tell you who it is apart from the fact he had a lot of kids. To the right of it is this beautiful piece of artwork

To your left is this magnificent stained glass window at the west end of the South Aisle

Walking across to the nave you get this view of the church

Nearby is the baptismal font 

Standing in the chancel arch you can see the nave has been re-ordered

The stained glass chancel window is what stands out in the church

The carving behind the altar was impressive as well

View of the choir stalls in the chancel
The North aisle looking towards the old Church Organ

A view down the Nave. It was here the Newbury Martyrs were put on trial

Above the entrance to the Lady Chapel in the South Aisle

Which has rather nice Altar decoration 

The stained glass window is quite beautiful too.
Left a view from the chapel along the South Asile

Nearby is the pulpit which has a sounding board above
View of the nave from the Pulpit 

At the back of the church is the Roll of Honour for Newbury

The top of which has tiles showing the three main forces

In the bell tower you can see a lot of memorials from differing dates

a church brass on the wall

Above a memorial to the submarine HMS Tigris which was adopted by the People of Newbury . Right memorial plaques of differing years

Above the Roll of Honour for those men of the parish who died in WWI

Left some of the old family vaults at the back of the church

Above the stained glass window in the West end of the Bell tower

The Lords prayer and parts of scripture in the south aisle. Right a memorial in the Lady Chapel

The Stained glass window stands above the entrance door to the lady chapel in the South wall of the church

Two more of the memorilas in the chapel

Above the stained glass window at the end of the North aisle , left one above a door in the North wall

There are four huge stained glass windows in the North aisle

The last one which is to the right of this one showing Jesus calming the water I was unable to photograph because of a panel in front of it

One the South aisle are four more stained glass windows

They all show scenes from the life of Christ
And if that was not enough when you walk along the nave all the windows above are Stained glass too

While you are looking up check out the roof

Its pure medieval 

One of the Angles you can see in the nave

Not sure about this one, is is a green man or dies he have a turban on?

I'll leave you with this stitch photo looking from the Chancel to the nave. I hope you enjoyed your little tour round though I feel the photos do not do the church justice, you really need to walk around to see everything.
Have a peaceful weekend