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