Saturday 19 December 2015

Nuffield Church

Nuffield is a small village between Wallingford and Nettlebed in Oxfordshire. It's along a country lane off the main London road. On the outside of the village you will find the Holy Trinity Church. I had gone over there to get a photo of a grave I had found out about. This was a revisit and by chance the church was open so I took the opportunity to get some photos of the inside. Since writing this blog back in 2013 Gerry Anderson who made Thunderbirds service was here before being cremated in Reading and Sir David Frost was buried in the churchyard. Some history from Wikipedeia

"The oldest parts of the Church of England parish church of the Holy Trinity are Norman.[4] They include the baptismal font and some of the masonry in the south wall of the nave.[4] Around the bowl of the font is a Latin inscription in Lombardic capitals.[5] In the 14th century the church was rebuilt and the north aisle was added.[4] In the 15th century a ceiling with moulded wooden beams and carved wooden bosses was inserted in the nave.[5]

In 1845 the chancel was restored and the Gothic tracery in all the windows was replaced, to designs by Gothic Revival architect Benjamin Ferrey.[4] The church is a Grade II* listed building."

Outside by the road you can see the village war Memorial

 The church itself is flint faced.

Inside I found there was a party of visitors being shown round by the rector.

The wooden pulpit in the church

It also has this wonderful graveslab in the aisle

You can also see a small brass memorial and some wonderful stained glass windows.

 The Nave and chancel which is plain and very simple

Like most church's the organ is addition crammed into one side 

 The stone font though is original and is simple with little carving on it.

Outside the churchyard is well kept and you can see the grave of William Morris or Lord Nuffield who started Morris Garages in Oxford.

Nuffield is a peaceful little village and if the church is open when you visit then take the time to go round and walk round the churchyard as well. 
  Holy Trinity Church
This will be the last edition of this blog I will be posting this year so may I wish you all a very

 Merry Christmas 
Happy New Year.

Saturday 12 December 2015

St Peter & St Paul Church Hanborough

The spire of the Church of St Peter & St Paul can be seen for miles around and I had driven past it many times in the past but finally on this occasion I managed to stop off at the church for some pictures. The church is a grade 1 listed building and dates back 900 years being built in 1130. One of the surviveing things from the  12th century features include Norman tympanum. The parish is now part of the Benefice of Hanborough and Freeland

 Looking along the path leading to the church

Some of the older graves in the churchyard

A chest tomb in the churchyard

Detail on the chest tomb

Looking over the churchyard on the east end of the church

The porch leading to the church, inside you can see the Norman tympanum with the door leading into to the church

The Norman doorway with the tympanum

Closer view showing the  tympanum

Inside looking down the nave and 13th century chnacel arch

Looking up at the crucifix which hangs over the rood screen

Another view showing the rood screens.

Amazing rood screen top

Carved wooden pulpit

 Stunning stained glass chancel window

This is a depiction of a body in a shroud and dates back to medieval times

 This is the war memorial for first Long & Church Hanbrough they lost a lot of men in the first world war

This I'm sure is the old cock from the top of the church spire.


Some old stained glass and a statue of the Madonna and child

At the back of the church you can see the stone font  and if you look at one of the pillars  you can see these old memorials.

 The chapel aisle has tombs that are old and worth looking at.

I'll leave you with a view of the crucifix over the rood screen

 This post was first published in 2013 and the photos are not quite as how I would like so at some stage I may go back for more but I hope you enjoy what I have shown

Saturday 5 December 2015

St Margaret Catmore

I came across this church one day when My wife & I went for a short drive at lunchtime. We had gone to West Ilsley where I noticed a church then drove through the village where I noticed a sign pointing to an historic church. By then it was time to go as I had to return to work so looked it up on the Ordnance Survey map.  A few weeks later I returned to get some photos'
The Church dates back to the 12th century though only the South Doorway and font remain from then the rest was restored in the mid 1800's though the nave roof dates back to 1607. The church is now looked after by the Church Conservation Trust

As you can see this part of the churchyard is covered in fallen leaves
The west end of the church with the single bell dating to 1700

Showing the South side & porch which is as good as I could get due to the tree on the left

Looking down the churchyard to the East end of the church

This is the small vestry which is Victorian

Looking along the South side to the Yew tree

The Norman doorway leading to the church, on the right doorpost  you can see these crosses which have been gouged in the stone work

The church inside looks very rustic though very light

looking from the back of the church shows it's lack of use over the years

Going further down the nave you see a chancel arch leading to the small chancel

On the way to the chancel you bass this set of box pews for the choir with the wooded lectern in front

The chancels is small

with plainly decorated altar

Lit by a single twin lancet window, To the side in the small vestry

 Turn round and it gives good view of the nave to the right is the pulpit

To one side is this seat

You get a good view of the nave from the pulpit

and below you can see the small Church organ

You can also see the panelled chancel ceiling  after stepping down from the pulpit
 The lectern and kneeler behind

  Nearby is a tomb let in the floor of the Dewe family from the 1800's

You can also see a couple of memorials in  the chancel, the one on the left still with the stone makers name on the bottom. On the right is the Stephens family memorial

 One of the items of note in the church is this Norman Font though I doubt the cover is that old

One thing you will notice are these  cartwheel chandeliers  and the old oil lamps hanging from the ceiling
cartwheel chandeliers
cartwheel chandeliers

There is no other form of lighting in the church
cartwheel chandelier
cartwheel chandeliers

going back outside the one crypt you will see is this one I suspect that of the Stephens family who have the memorial in the church

Nearby is another tomb and a couple of headstones

this  one is near the church

The tomb of Reeves family is under the yew tree

The rest of the churchyard is rather sparse with few headstones to see
I'll leave you with this shot I took as I left the churchyard

One word of warning if you are visiting Watch the path which you can see on the photo to the left, as you go to and from the church. It gets very slippery as you climb the steps just out of sight to the left of the brick barn. I fell heavily on my way back

Have a good weekend