Saturday 27 December 2014

Churchyards in Wnter

I posted this blog a couple of years ago one Christmas eve  so I thought I would republish for the benifit if Inspired Sunday. Hope you all had a great Christmas

I'll start with All Hallows in Wallingford and the monument in there.
Snow on the gargoyles

 St Mary's Churchyard in Cholsey

With Agathas headstone in the snow.

 Along snow covered graves.

Crosses and tombs stand out in the daylight

Even the watering can has a place in the snow.
 At night it takes on a different look
With snow capped headstones.

But I will leave you with this one of Henry William Snow at Wallingford Cemetery

Have a Happy New Year 

Saturday 20 December 2014

St Mary the Virgin Purley

Purley on Thames is an old Berkshire parish very near Reading. The village dates back to Saxon times and the church here was founded around 1121 and described as 'ancient' in a founding charter of Reading Abbey. It was burnt down in 1135 during the Anarchy and the Normans rebuilt it in 1150. Graves dating from the 10th & 11th century were uncovered about a foot under the surface in some excavation work in 1982. I came here to look for a grave of someone killed in the Reading Bombing of 1943 unfortunately my search came to nought and the church was locked as well which is not uncommon in the area. These are a few photos I took while I was there.

Nice lych gate leading to the churchyard
St Mary the Virgin, one of the nice feature's I like is the belltower

Few old headstones lined up against the churchyard wall

The churchyard itself on the south side of the church
Path leading down to the entrance porch

The clock which was was probably fitted around the 17th or 18th century, one thing I like here is the coat of arm dated 1626 no doubt when the belltower was built.

View up the belltower and one of the war graves in the churchyard

This headstone is a memorial, one of the persons mentioned was killed in a bombing raid on the Rhine

North side of the church where they have extended the church. A feature I am not keen on as it spoils the look of the church, I think this was were the 10th century burials were uncovered
View along the west end of the churchyard 


St Mary the Virgin looking from the South East side of the churchyard
That's it for this year. May I wish you all a Merry Christmas & Happy New Year and thank you for taking the time to read my Blogs.

Saturday 13 December 2014

All Saints Rotherfield Peppard

 This church I came across while doing some field work for a Lady who was writing a book on her Mothers life as a Mental Nurse back in 1939. She had been working at a nearby Mental Hospital and worshiped at this church. I went along to get a few photos of the church to send off for the book. As you can see it was a cold January when I visited

The Lych gate you see in the photo above has this plaque attached to it. Going though you get a better view of the church we are about to Visit
 Headingover the South East end of the churchyard gives this view of the church
 Then round the East to see the chancel end

Going on round the north side shows a small extension for the office

Heading in through the door you will see this view

but turn round and you can view this great stained glass window

In the center stands the church font

Going on to the chancel provides you with quite a choice of what to view

the carved wood altar with inlays or the backdrop mural of the altar

From the chance you can get a great view of the church

The font is quite simple

to one side is the north aisle with the lady chapel

and on the back wall are a few bequeaths

but I think it is the amount of stained glass windows that surprised me with this church

A lot  of the stained glass seems to revolve around the nativity as with above the annunciation

the on eon the right are the three magi and the birth of Our Lord

Another beautiful small window

Another with the birth of Jesus and a knight praying before the crucifix

This is the chancel window, which I find quite stunning

Back outside near the west end you can see the village war memorial

The churchyard is quite large

with quite a few old headstones

even on the north side

Love the carvings on these which date back to around 1700

Coming out of the lych gate if you turn right you see another taking you to the village cemetery.
On the gate pillars are a couple of more dedications

The cemetery has the newer graves than the one in the churchyard

and there are a couple of war graves there both from the RAF

Though this marker was the find of the day to me. I had to look up Old Contemptible.  J.H.Cumberland  M.M was with the Royal Field Artillery and fought in the first stages of World War one. I know of three other Old Contemptibles and they are buried at Old Reading Cemetery

Hope you have enjoyed the visit to this church. Have a great Sunday.
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