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


  1. Very interesting relationship and beautiful pictures.
    Blessed Sunday, Bill :)

  2. The stained glass windows are beautiful. The first and last photos capture the sense of peace around this old country church and churchyard. The small organ placed in the chancel is unusual and endearing. I can imagine it being played. Thank you Bill for sharing your photos of beautiful churches. I feel as if I'm there as you show us around. I'm glad I found your blog. May there be many more opportunities to visit beautiful churches wherever you go, especially in the county where you live.

  3. Bill, yet another little beauty. You amaze me each week by what you find...keep up the great work.

  4. I love the temples of the soul, and so have only the old ones. Beautifully you presented the history of this tiny church.
    Greetings from Poland.

  5. Um belo trabalho fotográfico desta simples mas bela igreja.
    Um abraço e bom Domingo.

  6. I love finding quaint little places like this. It seems to have an interesting history and the inside is lovely.

  7. love the front gate. ( :

  8. Congratulations! Four years and going from strength to strength. I can well imagine that the wrought iron arch has been beautifully decorated for many a wedding in this beautiful little church.