Thursday, 21 January 2016

St Mary Streatley

For me this is a return to this old church. It's situated just along the Thames path and in fact you walk past it at Streatley.

You go through the Lychgate you see on the left and over to the right you will see the village War Memorial

On going through the door your first sight is the arches dividing the South aisle & Nave
 The view down the nave

As I was at the back I took this photo of the area under the belfry. where you can see a statue on the wall I think is Michael the Archangel

 Over in the corner is this beautiful carving of a mother & child, it's in memory of Annabel Harriet Ella Byrte 1981-1986 The sculpture is called Motherhood.
There is also a Poem with it
"In death we find Life
In Sorrow joy
The ending of a song the beginning of another
New life arising from the ashes of life 
A cold dark winter means fresh green spring
Sadness brings new hope
Thus sorrow and joy meet and become one"
Arwen Clayton (age11)

Over near the door as you come in you will find the font which is covered and has a star shaped weight to allow you to easily lift the cover
The chancel arch from the Nave

 In the chancel and a couple of views showing the altar and chancel window
The Altars till had it's nativity scene carve out of wood

Th Back panell of the altar was one beautiful carving

Above you see the chancel window, the photo does it no justice

One side showing the choir stalls

On the other side behind the stall is the church organ, last time I visited was just after a service and the oganist was playing

Looking out of the chancel down the nave

The nave again only from the Pulpit

There are quite few Stained glass Lance windows in the Church

This one is near the altar in the South aisle

They all are in memory of some one who has passed

This one is in the North Aisle
The North & South Aisles

There are a few interesitin memorials in the church. The John Wetherall memorial is in the chancel

These two memorials can be found in the South Aisle

Along with this one  George & Emily Morrell

The next two are from the Stone Family who are connected with the Morrell Family through Marrage

This memorial is older than all the others and dated 1603 and is to Thomas Buriton and I think his wife

I'm sure this is the tomb of Thomas Buriton

Nearby you can see this altar which I think is St Georges Chapel

View along the nave to the back of the church

Looking back up the South aisle to the font and the eagle lecturn beside the chapel

Nice touch in the Porch

The churchyard beside the porch

With some impressive looking meorials

Round the back you can see the main church yard

Which has quite few old memorials in uit
Some of the memorilas more impressive that others

The one which stands out the most is this angel holding a wreath

Some of the crosses in the churchyard

the churchyard extends back some way with the mor recent burials at the end

One war commonwealth war grave beloning to Sapper A.E.Goodenough Royal Enineers 5th August 1944 age 33

First of the snowdrops I have come across 

I'll leave you with a photo of this memorial which is my favorite inthe churchtyard
Have a peacefull weekend


  1. Bill ,yet another church packed full of wonderful detail.

  2. a great tour - I especially love the mother-and-child sculpture

  3. That graveyard, I could spend hours in there.

  4. Thank you for the look around Streatley Church and churchyard, Bill. I've never been inside so thank you for sharing. Beautiful stained glass and carvings, embroidered altar cloth, box pews and old memorials make this place of worship very interesting.

  5. Beautiful! I love the carvings and the stained glass windows.

  6. I enjoyed this tour and found the memorial to Thomas Buriton and his wife quite fascinating. Apparently she hasn't died yet!


  7. Very interesting gothic cathedral.

  8. love the entrance, the flooring & all the grave crosses, what a beauty. ( :