Saturday 27 September 2014

St Pauls Ystradffin

My wife & I had just spent a pleasant tour round a very scenic reservoir  and had an even more pleasant picnic over looking it and I noticed this church as we were leaving the area. I asked if she minded stopping for a few moments  so I could take some photos.
I must admit that being so remote I did not expect the church to be open but was pleased when I found the door opened for me. The church is quite  small simple one and deserving of my 100th blog.

We stopped just past the church & I could not help notice this stone step stile on the wall. I've see many of these at old churches

The main entrance to the churchyard is through this Lych gate

not easy to read the name of the are named here

St Pauls churchyard from over the wall by the Lych gate
It does have a pleasant path leading to the church

Going round to the east side of the churchyard shows this view of the south side of the church

Heading round the north shows this view. The porch is on the west end which is unusual I find, normally I find them on the south side. Above is the single bell which calls the parishioners to worship.

Nave in St Pauls very plain & simple with bench pews either side

View of the altar and rails
 The main window is just plain frosted glass, no stained glass like other churches
 As ever there are always a fresh vase of flowers on display

A very nice wooden pulpit and lectern by the altar rails 

and of course a small church organ

 one side is a very small cross on the wall
 Looking back along the nave to the entrance door. The boxed off area looks new

Not see a had carried brie before

Going back outthe porch you see a couple of plaques

telling you it was founded in 1117 and rebuilt & restored within 100 years

The churchyard is not a large one

though you can see many old headstones

and for the size of the plce it is quite full

The trees have grown shading and hiding many graves

This one was a puzzle at first as I wondered about the urn beside it, then realised it was from the top of the pillar
 Lichen covered headstones

I will leave you with this photo, the figure above was one memorial that stood out for me even though it was about 3ft tall, it belongs to the grave of a young child who died many years ago, it seems she stands there waiting for her mum and dad to come and bring her home.

Have a good weekend

Saturday 20 September 2014

St Helen's Berrick Salome

Visited a while ago after looking for some places in the area around where I live. Berrick Salome was quite a small village and was a place I had not visited. The church looked quite isolated and I felt worth a look at. Think you will find It was.
The church is quite unusual in it's looks and is steeped in History

Someone told me that there were were only two churches that had this type of tower in Oxfordshire

Looking at the porch and tower which share the same wood frame design
The entrance porch

Looking across from the south side of the churchyard
The chancel end of the church

This is round the north side of the church

North side looking east

Inside the church looks very light
The altar & altar rails

Looking back to the 17th century galley

The font which is of Romanesque design
A second set of rails which may have been part of a rood screen at one time or just separating the chancel from the nave

View up to the roof and a floral display under a crucifix

Looking down from the gallery to the nave and chancel

 View of the roof beams from the gallery

Another shot down looking towards the chancel

decoration on one of the roof truss supports and a memorial you can see in the church

George the II Hatchment which dates it between 1760 &1820

Back outside to the churchyard on the SOuth side

Quite a lot of newish & older graves here

Some of the newer headstones

and a few of the older ones in the churchyard

along with a couple of old tomb chests
This one is old & damaged with the inscription eroded away

even the tomb chest is eroded and the top breaking up
I did like the way the inscription was written on this headstone, seems so fitting to who he was.
The Weather vane on the church

Last look at St Helens.
As a footnote I'd like to say thanks to everyone for taking me over 20,000 views of this blog, it gives me the encouragement to keep it running