A wooden church probably existed here before the Norman Conquest, the stone church was probably built in the 12th century with the rest of the church following in the century's after. Originally in Berkshire the church is now part of Oxfordshire and is part of the Churn Benifice. I had visited the church in the past so but on the last occasion the door was locked .
St Andrews is along Church close not far from the village preaching cross
Going to the opposite end of the churchyard gives a good view of the bell tower
Walking round the South side shows the South Aisle
and a small extension with entrance porch
Down to the East you can see the massive chancel window
at the base of which are a few old graves
on the South Aisle roof is this gargoyle
and a few more further along.
Being as old as it is the churchyard as some nice old headstones and a couple of tombs
of which this is the most prominent
The tomb is to the Phillips Family and the inscription though easy enough to read is obscured by the railings round the outside
The rest of the churchyard has headstones scattered around
or if you go to the east end you can see a few more
This time the church was open
which looks to an organ loft
Some other features you can see in the church like these carvings on the chancel arch
though I like this one most
I moaned about the chancel window having no stained glass well either side of the chance are these windows
Like this to David Michael Alexander Wedderburn
The name Loader stuck out like a sore thumb to me as I noted one Will Loader on St Marys in Wallingford, he was lord mayor there in 1653
The Humphrey memorial
Listing the fallen in two wars. Interesting to note that the second war had more casualties, usually it is the other way round.
The plaque on the left is in the vestry along with the memorial on the right
Going in the North aisle you walk across this slab on the floor then looking up the aisle you seem a few more to the Loder Family
Looking along the North Aisle you can see a huge coat of arms
Here we look along the South aisle to the west end
another looking through to the chancel
The arches on the South
and North side of the church look impressive as well
and you cannot forget the Mothers Union who do some beautiful needlework on the kneelers
I have to say that I was very pleased to be able to see inside St Andrews and that the church had not been spoiled like many when they have been reordered. Rather than chairs replace the old pews with chairs they had new pews made. The church seems to have a good congregation as on the day of my visit they were having a light lunches which was home made soup & bread, the lady who seem to be organizing it said I should stay. I wish I had done by the time I got home.
One last thing to my old mate Cliff who rings the bells here I did like the church, just would have liked to see the bells in the tower sometime and see if they are any better than the Buckets at my local one.