Saturday, 13 August 2016

St Agatha Brightwell

St Agatha is one of only four churches dedicated to this saint in the UK. It  was built in 1153 by the Bishop of Winchester, Henri de Blois and illustrates various architectural styles which have occurred over the last nine centuries. The only visible bit remaining of the original small Norman church is the south doorway. The tower, rebuilt of brick in 1797 after the original collapsed with its six bells, now houses eight bells. This history came from Oxfordshire Historic Churches Website 

Above the first view of St Agatha along the path leading to the church

Couple of different views of the tower where you can see it is a lot different to the rest of the church

This shot shows some of the older windows that let in light above the south aisle

Along the north side of the churchyard

another north side view

The whole of the north side of St Agatha

 Quite an old rose bush near the porch

This tomb is rather unique in that the arches are fronted by glass , I've not seen another like it

Looking back east along the churchyard


and the far corners of the churchyard

Round the west end are more headstones which are older

some which are a little overgrown

and other even more being covered in Ivy

One of the original churchyard walls which is made of Cob, something which you don't see much of

This was taken back in 2010 and shows the cob wall with thatch on and in a reasonable condition

when I looked at it this time it was badly cracked

Just about the far west end of the churchyard

This is the south side of the churchyard

where on the south side they have built an extension

Some older headstones

more from under the shade of the trees

One tomb still standing with slabs from another lent against it

This part has not changed much since this one I took in 2010

The South side looks a little different though

Because you can see the Saxon door with the scratch sundial

The whole side looks a lot different

The tomb which is now in a corner and a corner in the West end of the churchyard

Above is a view you see along the nave  with North & South aisles either side. On the right the chancel


Looking back along the nave from he chancel

The altar with chancel window behind

Closer view of the altar and the chancel window

The altar cross & candle holders on the window sill

On the right of the chancel are these recesses

The choir stalls in the chancel

The choir stalls on the right side with prayer desk on the end

One of the candle holders in the church and the church organ

the choir stalls in front of the organ

Candelabra with electric lights in

The pulpit with steps leading to it

and the view you get of the nave from it

The South aisle which had a new altar under the main window

The window must really shine in the morning sun

Over to the right is a new stained glass window that lets colourful light in

At the bottom you can read the dedication and on the wall is a plaque giving the details behind it

There are memorial on the walls but the more interesting one is on the right dated 1642

Memorial to Frederick Kiddle a past rector

looking across to the back of the South Aisle

Inside the tower with it's charity plaques and bell ringing commemorations

Pained bannor in the tower

Another commemoration on the entrance to the nave

The Roll of honour for the village of Brightwell

At one time the church had a rood screen and loft because you can see the stairs that would have lead to it

The obligatory kneelers with the churches name

On the left is the North aisle which is used more for community use as a church room. Flowers by the altar always look good

Sun reflecting in through a window in the South Aisle

The church font  and  Coat of Arms

Last view across the nave

I'll leave you with a flower display near the Chancel Arch
Do have a pleasant weekend


  1. Hello Bill
    Excellent relationship.
    The wonderful architecture of the church. I am delighted with him.
    Amazing is the old cemetery.
    Beautiful pictures.
    Greetings from Polish.
    Have a great celebration.

  2. Bill, the interior is lovely. It's nice that you are able to enter your churches.

  3. i enjoy all the shade ... around here is has been so hot & humid lately. nice! ( :

  4. You can certainly see the different additions to the church because they used different brick and rock for each. It is a very interesting old church and I noticed that the one epitaph is in Latin. I was never fortune to have a relative listed within a church and the old grave stones are lovely but most of them are unreadable with time.

  5. There is so much to see with this church, it's hard to pick one thing to comment on! This is one that I would love to wander through and see all the changed over the centuries. The scratched sundial and the loft stairs are interesting. As is the cob wall.

  6. I really love the windows and you captured them well.

  7. Quite an impressive set of photos

  8. My goodness! The outside looks like a fortress but the inside is beautiful.

  9. What a shame about the state of the cob walls, I hope someone decides to rescue them. I particularly like those quirky little recesses, I wonder what their story is, perhaps something to do with all the centuries of alterations and additions. I think that my favourite bit is the sundial, though. Thanks for a superb tour.