Saturday, 1 March 2014

St Mary & St Nicholas Compton

The correct name is Parish of St May& St Nicholas Compton. A place I visited when on the search for remnants of the Didcot, Newbury & Southampton Railway. Compton had a station which was near the Church across a field, so who am I to pas one by when the door is open.

The church sign prominent beside the road
 How you see the church looking up the footpath

The belltower which as you see is flint faced and on the right  the chancel end of the church with buttress and small windows
 The north side of the Church from across the churchyard

As ever on most English churches you find a blocked doorway which is where the peasants used to come through. The main entrance is through the porch

Inside you find arches and pews

A chapel is in the north aisle through the arches. The  nave &chancel has some wonderful floor times

 View through the chancel arch to the nave

 The photo could be better as I did not use a tripod
like I do now but shows the altar and stained glass windows you saw in a previous photo of the outside

The back of the Altar

Turning round you can look down the nave where you can see a wonderful carved wood pulpit

 I have not looked up the lady but she looks like she was in the OSS

Here are a few of the stained glass windows you can see in the church

They are all quite beautiful

Never found out how old this trunk was but I suspect 15 or1600

Inscription painted on the wall
 The church font & cover
This was an exhibition about a a new Lych gate that was to be built.
Since visiting the Church a New Lych gate has been built, I will get a photos when I am over that way.

Surprisingly considering the size of the churchyard there were not that many graves

Though there were some nice memorials

This I think was the memorials for the cremations which looks like it has seen better days, mind you it was February
Inspired Sunday                              


  1. Visiting with you from Inspired Sundays. What a treat these pictures are. Absolutely gorgeous.

  2. This is a fabulous church! Thanks for sharing all of the great photos, inside and out.

  3. Very different from ortodox churches !:) Great pictures. Have a nice day!

  4. gorgeous views. love the stain glass. most favorite part is the ceiling of the chapel all lined with wood ... what a beautiful detail. ( :

  5. Lovely pics, I especially like the ones of the roof. I never knew that about the blocked doorways- I shall look more carefully in future. Was that a parish record chest?

  6. Bill, you really do a fine job with these detailed inSPIREd Sunday posts. It is always a pleasure to see what you've found!

    «Louis» posted a Lutheran parish in a suburb of Sacramento, California today.

  7. What a beautiful light and airy church. Unusual for a church that size and age. The churchyard is probably chock full of graves, just few gravestones.

    Thank you for linking up with Cemetery Sunday

    Beneath Thy Feet

  8. Another grand grave yard. Can you set up your links so it is obvious which one you are posting to. I spend ages jumping between them all to find where you are now.

  9. I've moved the Archive to the top if that helps

  10. Because of busy times and virusses I haven't been very active on my blog and the blogs of others last few weeks. I am sorry for that :-)

    You posted some nice work lately! I enjoyed reading your posts Bill!! :-)

    Greetings from the Netherlands! ;-)
    Gert Jan Hermus

    1. Thank you Gert, hope you have sorted things out

  11. Fabulous post!
    ty for posting and sharing.