Saturday, 25 February 2017

All Saints Marcham

I visited the church when I was out with some friends looking at WW2 pillboxes in the area . The church was open at the time so I quickly popped in for a look. Some history  from Wikipedia
"The oldest parts of the Church of England Parish Church of All Saints are 13th-century, including the west tower and probably the font. The south doorway is Perpendicular Gothic from either the late 14th or early 15th century. Also Perpendicular are the timber roof of the nave and the 15th-century doorway to the west tower. The church was heavily rebuilt in 1837. It is a Grade II* listed building.
The tower has a ring of six bells. James Wells of Aldbourne, Wiltshire cast the second, fourth, fifth and tenor bells in 1816. Charles and George Mears of the Whitechapel Bell Foundry cast the treble bell in 1855. The Whitechapel Bell Foundry also cast or recast the third bell in 1988". I might add the second photo is used in the Wikipedia  article on Marcham

Above the path leading to the church from the main gate and on the right another from the side gate

The tower is square and not as high as other churches I have visited

On the left the north side of the tower with the external staircase enclosure and right the porch

Above the entrance a statue of |I presume Christ

View looking towards a double arch and the altar. I have never seen this type of confederation before
normally it is a chancel arch and aisle to one side of other.. The church has also been re-odered

The pulpit over on the right I'm not sure on the age but  the font here on the right is thought to be 13th century

I found the screened off areas where the chapels were locked but managed to get some photos of the stained glass

Looking back through the church to the west end and the organ loft

the church did have some interesting old brasses on the walls

that has been saved off the floor tombs and mounted

Outside the churchyard is old with most of the headstones covered in lichen

Further along a nearby footpath is an extension  with more graves in

above this stunning tomb is near the church, while the graves on the right in the extension

This Celtic stilled headstone stood out

The carvings on it were wonderful. on the right an angel near the enterance

The same angel taken on a different day. If you are in Marcham it is worth having a look round the church and churchyard I only stopped off briefly on my visit.

Have a wonderful weekend


  1. Thanks for showing us around. Beautiful inside and out.

  2. Bill, you seem to have a constant supply of lovely stone churches.

    1. That could be because most of ours are built from the stuff, not come across many wooden ones but I know where there is a slate clad one I need to check out in Wales

  3. I like the first picture the most. The path invites to the church, which is hidden behind bushes and trees. Also I like small graveyards next to churches. It is so intimate.

  4. You captured a fabulous church. I adore the older architecture and the inside is just as amazing.

  5. Wow! Quite a church. For a quick stopover you captured a lot.

  6. You always have the most amazing photos to share with us. Thanks for your comments on my blog.