Saturday 24 September 2016

St Llyr Llanyre

The parish church of  St Llyr Llanyre is about 2 miles outside Llandrindod Wells on the road to off the A4081 to Rhayader. The church was rebuilt  in 1885-87 and little of the original church remains apart from the very front of the building . My wife & I noticed the church on our way past last year and when were were near of late stopped off for a look

The best view of the church is from the South East side of the churchyard

The footpath runs from East to West and the main entrance which you can see in the distance

Looking up at the west end of the church from near the main entrance

Going round the north side you see the church is lost from view by the huge Yew


The porch which I forgot to get a photo of due to the tree nearby

In the church you get a view down the nave 

The Chancel with is a three sided apse

The three apse windows

Looking out of the Chancel towards the Nave

The choir stalls near the organ in the chancel

The font which may be a little older than the church and the eagle lectern


The carved stone pulpit

and the view of the nave you get from it

The apse windows are very impressive

though the any way I could get detail of the centre one was to use flash

The nave has some very nice windows as well, the one on the left must look stunning with sunlight coming through it but I liked the one on the right most

which is in memory of  Arthur Thompson

Along  the nave walls are these embroidered banners

This beautiful memorial to Lieutenant Martin Ricardo Gibson Watt who died on H.M.S Kandahar

The only other memorial is this large on on the left to Thomas Williams. On the left  the church banner

In the porch you can see the memorial window to the fallen from the two World Wars

Outside the church you can see some wonderful memorials

The lamb on a pillar is not one I have come across. Near the church you can see this angel

Not far from the porch are some older headstones some which are tilting

The carving with dividers and square stood out for me

A set of family graves with the cross bearing their names
The one nearer the camera has been laid over for safety

The path  circles the whole churchyard and here we walking along the North side

where near the church hidden by the yew is the church bell

hanging in it's own frame

Nearby you can see more headstones

further along the path on the North side

Where I noticed this cross made from Angle Iron with a figure of Christ on it and the name MAX neatly dotted with weld on the cross

it looks almost lost in the other graves

Behind another headstone on a brick is this Fairy

Not far away is this figure 

You can just make out the church here from the North East side of the Churchyard

More headstones laid down in the name of safety, these I might add were a good 5 foot high and one is broken in two from being laid down

The cross with angel watch over the Wyatt family Vault

A last panoramic view of the church yard from the main road entrance

I will leave you with this photo of  the floral display which was near the altar in the church 
Have a peaceful weekend

Saturday 17 September 2016

St Michael & All Angels Eaton Hastings

The information here comes from Wikipedia

The Church of England parish church of Saint Michael and All Angels is the most prominent surviving building of the original settlement. The earliest parts of the church date from the 11th century. It is constructed of rubblestone and consists of a simple nave, chancel and bellcote. The chancel largely dates from the 13th century. Between 1870-73 the church underwent Victorian restoration.
The west window has a stained glass depicting archangels Michael, Raphael and Gabriel. The window was installed in 1935 by Morris & Co. The designs date from 1860 and were created by William Morris and Ford Madox Brown. The north side of the chancel contains another Morris & Co. stained-glass window depicting St. Matthew. This was installed in 1872–74, having been designed by Edward Burne-Jones.
Alexander Henderson, 1st Baron Faringdon is buried in the churchyard; the angel on his tomb was sculpted by George Frampton. Next to the church is the former rectory, which dates from the 19th century.

 I visited St Michael on my way home for visiting Buscot after spotting a sign pointing here. I followed the road for a few miles and was confronted with the view below

Above you can see a wrought iron arch and gate leading to the church

The west end with the small bellcote and on the corner a couple of old sundials

Another view of the South side of the church

The porch cross and statue in the alcove

The arched porch and as you  go in a small lancet window

The photos were taken when I first started writing my blogs so I have forgotten where some of these graves are

Though I know this cross is near the porch

This grave belongs to Alexander Henderson, 1st Baron Faringdon, the angel on his tomb was sculpted by George Frampton.

Ivy covered headstone dateing to the 1700's I think

Looking East along the churchyard

These I thought unusual at the time but I thing look the same as when they were first laid apart from the ageing and are along the entrance path

A tomb in the South side of the churchyard

Ivy covered tomb

Few more of the older headstones

The nave looking towards the chancel

In the chancel which is narrow retaining it's 11th century heritage, you can also see the small church organ

Couple of views of the chancel one of the arch which has to be original considering how small it is and inside the chancel

View of the arch looking towards the organ

Another view along the nave and one from beside the altar

The carved wood pulpit, not view from it as it was before I got the idea to see what it looked like from one

More details from the church. A superb oil lamp converted work with electric bulbs and the church font

Memorial to Fanny the Daughter of William & Ann Kirch

The Memorial here is to James Rice who I wrote a blog on when I first started

Tomb dating back to the late 1600's and the inscription on the left is in the lancet window you saw earlier

One o fthe nice features of this church is the stained glass windows which are pure William Morris

and like I said he was only on the opposite side of the River Thames at Kelmscott

The windows are well worth going along to see

the lancet on the right I think has some older glass in it

That's it for this week, a shorter blog but I did not take that many photo's at the church but I may well pop back with a tripod as the photos I took were all handheld

The church explorer is now four years old so all I can say is thank you all for supporting me by visiting. I still have many churches to visit yet so hope to bring you to new churches in the future
I'll leave you with my favourite cross  and view of Lord Faringdon's grave.

Have a wonderful weekend