Saturday, 18 May 2019

St Mary Fawley

This church could be seen from the main Hungerford road and sits on a hill. It was a church that I had decided to visit after stopping at a nearby War Memorial on the main road one time. On this occasion I was visiting a couple of over churches and mad St Mary my first visit. Some history I found on Wikipedia
"The Church of England parish church of Saint Mary the Virgin was designed by the architect George Edmund Street and built in 1865–66. It has one stained glass window by William Morris. The chancel has a reredos that includes a mosaic by Salviati and a Crucifixion carved by Thomas Earp. It has been protected under the commonest category of listed building (Grade II).
The church replaces a medieval one that stood slightly further east and was demolished in 1866. No record of the old church was made before its demolition. The new church incorporates original Early English fragments that suggest the former church was at least partly late 12th or early 13th century."

It is quite obvious looking at the church that is was built by the Victorians this was a little disappointing for me but is is a pretty church

The square tower on the side was a nice change it is also on the South east end which is unusual
Right the West end of the church

The North side showing one of the aisles

Right around to the East end and the apse

Couple more South views of the tower

The porch and entrance door to the church

The Nave looking to the Chancel arch and left the altar in the apse

The altar with the carved screen behind it

This is the carving mentioned in the history at the start

Looking back though the chancel to the nave

Above the pulpit and right a view from it

And one back to the altar

The chancel window which I think may be the William Morris one, the figure of Mary on the right is typical of is work
Again look at Mary in the picture and you see a face very similar

Above the West window
Right a Scintilla

Some views around the church, One of the large candle holders and right South aisle

There are a few memorials around the church to the Wroughton Family
There is also this grave cross of Major P.M.N.Wroughton who was killed in action during the First World War

Plaques with verses from the Bible can also me seen in the church

Above a view long the North Aisle

Left a bequest that can be seen in the porch

I did like this charity box by the entrance

A cross marked where the coins were dropped and on to where the money would go

One window to the left as you come in you can find some remnants of the old church on display

And photos of some pewter which is on loan to the Christchurch Museum Oxford

The church banner and the organ

Last as I go out the door the church font

The churchyard has may monuments you can walk around

Though there are a few bare patches

The one above was quite unusual

Left a row of three wooden crosses

These are over one side of the churchyard

One of the crosses above mounted on a base

These look to have come from old graves now forgotten about

Looking West along the South side of the church

Couple of graves near the gate on the way out

I will leave you this week with a view of two crosses on the porch and the chancel
Till next time have a wonderful weekend
This blog is dedicated to my Friend Bob who passed away on Friday night. RIP

Saturday, 11 May 2019

St Gregory Welford

This was the third church on my visit to West Berkshire and is the second of the churches with a round tower that you can find in Berkshire and only a few miles from the last one. Normally I would give you some history from Wikipedia but that only comprises of a few lines so Britain Express comes to the rescue with a brilliant description so I would ask you to click on the link to find out more rather than me pillaging what they say but I will let you know that the church dates back to the 13th century

Above the main entrance to the churchyard is via this lychgate

Left inside you will get this view of the church

The Tower stands out being round and was rebuilt as original stone by stone by the Victorians
The pillar you see on the left photo looks like it could be a preaching cross

Heading along to the East end you see three East windows

Above looking along both South & North side showing the aisles

Above West towards the tower  and left towards the East end of the North aisle

The round tower on the West end with door in the base to the bell loft.
Left a small protrusion on the North side

Above a view up the round tower
Left the North aisle
Above the clock on the top of the tower
Above the entrance porch leading to the church
Walking into the church looking down the nave  you can see it is Victorian

Above the chancel withe the altar on the left

Above the tree East windows
Right the  13th century sedilia with brasses on the wall

Couple of views back to the Nave

Above the nave looking from the chancel arch.

Left the organ and right the carved stone  pulpit

The nave as seen from the pulpit

The area at the back of the church in the tower has some interesting memorials

But this one stands out looking like a death mask of the person it depicts

The others look normal in comparison

This memorial is to a rev Sawbridge and his wife he died in 1836

Rev Henry Sawbridge who looks to have been the brother of the previous and who died in 1830
The roll of honour of those who died in the First World war

The memorial above is from the alcove under the tower and is fading badly but has some really intricate carvings on it

Left what looks like a family memorial and a candelabra

Above and left the North aisle.
Right looking East along the South aisle

The memorial above is in the North aisle

The Norman font with a 16th century memorial behind

Above a closer view of the kneeling lady on the memorial

Right outside in the churchyard

The Rogers family headstone which had weathered the years and is in really good condition

More headstones looking East

Above a couple of crosses on a cast iron one with a shroud the other leaning over badly which has a cameo of Christ on it

This row of headstones are falling over and becoming covered in ivy

This is right over in the far South West corner of the churchyard

Couple of crosses which are very similar so could well be a couple of family plots

The West side of the churchyard

This is the North side and apart from the cross falling over the rest look in very good condition

These are older headstones which have a covering of lichen growing on them

Couple of very old headstones which could be from the 1700's

Back to the South side

and looking West

Here I head off along the path to the side entrance to the churchyard

Where you can see this view back along the path
A last look from the gate and my tour is done. Till next time May I
Wish you a peaceful weekend