Saturday, 5 March 2016

St John and St Mary Magdalene

On the day in question I had was going to follow the remains of a disused railway that ran nearby and never set out to cover the churches in this post, They happened to be there as I passed and it seemed very rude not to stop off and take a few photos. the first church is in a place called  St John the Baptist is in Piddington unfortunately the churches were locked so no internal views. The church dates back to 1290 and it is thought there was a place of worship here before that. You can read more on the church in the link above

 and as you could see it was hard to miss as I walked across the common

 It was just as impressive as you stood near the gate 
The tower and spire being the most impressive as you can see it far off

The spire on a frosty morning

Looking at the west end of he North aisle and spire

There were quite a few headstones of an age in the churchyard

View of the East end and chancel cross on top. Off to the South side looking West

The Church and churchyard on the South side

View across a frosty churchyard to the north side of St John's

Over the churchyard wall you find the new extension with the more recent burials

That was it for St Jon the Baptist, from here I walked to the disused railway and on to a place called Horton were I spotted a church called St Mary Magdalene

After walking along the disused railway I headed towards Horton and passed the church of St Mary Magdalene

The frost was still on the ground here as well. The Church dates back to Norman times with a 13th century tower. Most of it was rebuilt in 1862/3 by a local architect

The chancel end which is a little different to others I have seen with the brickwork under the window. The 13th century tower

The South side of the church

The South churchyard looking East

The Angel had to be the high lite for me, has to be one of the most stunning ones I have come across

The expression was very life like

On the west end you see a line of crosses many of which I think are the same family

Some of the headstones near the churchyard path

The crosses at the West end


My last look at the church then it was back for lunch with my wife

I had nearly got back to the hall my wife was at when I passed this Chapel

It had an interesting Inscription on a plaque to William Carey 

Have a good Weekend


  1. Definitely the church is so interesting. I love the old graveyard

  2. i enjoy seeing it from a distance. that is my favorite shot. ( :

  3. Wow, Bill, you continue to find such wonderful churches and graveyards...keep them coming.

  4. William Carey was a self taught Baptist pastor from Northamptonshire. I wonder how he ended up preaching a sermon at an Anglican church? You had a beautifully crisp day for taking photos.

  5. What a treat for you to find these beauties! It is still so surprising to me to think of the ages of these buildings. Everything here is so young in comparison!

  6. Those are some great buildings and towers. How awesome that they are still standing after all this time--and well cared-for, too.

  7. I feel almost sure Bill that there is not a chance you could go past a church on your travels, and thank goodness for that! Amazing to see the frost on the ground still, surely things should be warming up over there by now? I agree about the Angel, such a poignant vision. IK never can get over the age of some of your churches over there, 1290.. incroyable!