Tuesday, 19 July 2016

St Mary Magdalene Crowmarsh

This is not the first time I have visited this church and like last time I found the church locked. I found it it is kept that was for insurance purpose due to there being some vandalism  a while ago good news is I can get access I just need to arrange a time.
I cant find much history other that this bit I found on Wikipedia
 The Church of England parish church of Saint Mary Magdalene is said to have been built in about 1120. The north door, south door, three windows in the south wall, chancel arch and font are all Norman. A north transept with a pointed arch was added in about 1200. The building was restored in 1836 and 1868

You enter the churchyard though the Lychgate opposte

The gate has a tiled roof and on either side are a couple of plaques which are the village roll of honour leading me to think the gate was built around the same time as the First World War plaque

The names on the roll of honour

This one lists the names of all who served in the parish during the first war
The path leading to the entrance which is on the West end

View of the church with it's small bellcote, over to the right you can see one of the bricked up doors which is of Norman times

Looking along the south side of the church
One of the East end

 View of the chancel end of the church

Here we look along the footpath and the churchyard beside it

The churchyard off on the SOuth of the church

The Grave of Eleanor and Walter James Wilder

It sits beside another of the Wilder family

The wilder family graves. They were a very prominent family in Crowmarsh owning the foundry which was beside the church. They also ran the waggon works in Wallingford

The east end churchyard

The two war graves in the churchyard belonging to Private T Lovett I Trooper F Rush

 A small Celtic cross in the churchyard

One headstone standing the other laid down. The part in the wall you see I think could also be Norman
The Headstone of John Kitchen

Over in the far corner is a small garden of remembrance

View west across some of the tombs

The Headstone on the left is de-laminating a bit but belongs to the Beisey Family

Another headstone suffering from the effects of the elements 

The churchyards over on the left as you come in the gate

That's it for this week, hopefully I will get access to the church for some photos in due course.
Have a Peaceful Weekend


  1. It looks very tranquil and full of interest. A couple of those yews look pretty old. I appreciate their history, but I do sometimes get a little frustrated as I scramble around trying to get a clear photograph of a church. I hope you manage to gain access sometime.

  2. What a wonderful series of photo, lots of history there.


  3. Bill, I'd love to walk through that wonderful gate!

  4. This is definitely worth a visit. Most churches here are locked except during service. It annoys me as I thought they are supposed to be a place of refuge. They are more concerned with vandalism.

  5. I would love to see the inside some day by way of your blog. Such a small church in a peaceful setting.

  6. i enjoy the front gate. so quaint. ( :

  7. An attractive gated entrance to Crowmarsh churchyard. I'm sure many a bride has been photographed there.
    Celtic crosses are my favourite and the one you have pictured is very pretty. Happy Sunday Bill :)

  8. Those trees are doing the best to crowd out the poor church. The graveyard looks like a hidden gem.

  9. I would love to explore the church yard here! Such a nice church.

  10. A wonderful little church and graveyard. Such a peaceful place...
    Best regards, Synnöve

  11. Hello Bill!
    Lovely architecture and magnificent church.
    Great pictures and a very interesting place.