Saturday 30 September 2017

St James Little Milton

The church can be seen on a hill as you drive into the village though there is not much I can tell you about this church other that what I found below from Wikipedia
"The Church of England parish church of Saint James is a Gothic Revival building designed by John Hayward and built in 1844. Hayward also designed the west tower, which was added in 1861"

going through the gate brings you the above view of the church

Left the south side

Couple of shots of the bell tower and porch

Going around to the East end an looking along the North side

The large East end Window and under three shields with the initials

The tracery on the East window and headstops either side

above the small window and chancel cross on the East end

Left headstops on one of teh lancet windows

Going around the church you cannot help see the windows with tracery and headstopls

they al looks unhappy

I wonder who they are modelled  on
In the porch is this plaque which I find unusual though have seen similar in other churches

The churchyard on the North & South sides

And a last look along the North side from the Vestry

Just along the road is an old Wesleyan Chapel built in 1800 and now converted into a house

Either side of the door are memorial stones

That's it from me this week. Another church that I have to return to when I get a chance to get some photos of the inside
Do have a wonderful Weekend

Saturday 23 September 2017

St Giles Newington

I visited this church a number of years ago and since then have not had a chance to return. Some history on the church via Wikipedia. The village itself dates back before the Domesday Book where it has a mention and there is an old Manor next to the church
"The Church of England parish church of Saint Giles was built in the 12th century, its transepts were added about 1200 and the west tower and spire were added early in the 14th century.The building is Grade I listed.
The tower has a ring of four bells. Roger Landen of Wokingham, Berkshire cast the second bell in about 1450. Robert Eldridge of Wokingham cast the treble bell in 1592. Henry I Knight of Reading, Berkshire cast the tenor bell in 1608. Abraham II Rudhall of Gloucester cast the third bell in 1719. For technical reasons the bells are currently unringable. St Giles' has also a Sanctus bell that Ellis I Knight of Reading cast in 1639.
Gilbert Sheldon held the living of the parish for a time in the 17th century. Sheldon also simultaneously held the livings of Hackney, Ickford, Buckinghamshire and Oddington, Oxfordshire. After the Restoration of the Monarchy, Sheldon was consecrated Archbishop of Canterbury in 1663"

St Giles church as you can see is old

Along with the porch which you can see is made of a wood frame with Wattle & Danube though in this case it looks like plaster

The porch shelters the old Norman Doorway

Above the spire looks very chunky bing supported by huge butresses

Left this was the first time I had encountered sheep in a churchyard

Left the North wall of the church and Right the area between the buttresses

Above one of the huge buttresses supporting the spire
St Giles Church

Left a gap in the wall showing part of the older church. Right the door on the North side of the church

Views along both North & South sides of the church

Over the road is the new cemetery of churchyard extension, at the time of my visit it was quite over grown. I have ever intension of returning for some internal views of the church because they look to be well worth returning for but you can see some in the link to Oxfordshire Churches 
May you have  a peaceful Weekend

Saturday 16 September 2017

Churches of Dundee.

These were taken when I visited Dundee in 2010, I did not get the chance to look inside the churches which looking back I fell was something I lost out on

I thought this was one church but looking on Google Maps you can see two. the part on the left is the Steeple Church and on the Right St Marys

This part of the church is St Marys 

The Steeple Church which is the other end of St Mary's

This is St Pauls Cathedral

Walked past this place which was a former church now converted into a night club
I feel I missed out not seeing in any of the churches but I hope sometime to return and be able to visit the churches.
Have a good Weekend

Saturday 9 September 2017

St Nicholas Rotherfield Greys

Not much I can find on this church other than it is Norman but was restored in 1865. It contains the 16th-century Knollys Chapel, which houses an ornate tomb of the Knollys family. This includes effigies of Sir Francis Knollys and his wife, who was lady-in-waiting to Queen Elizabeth I.
The entrance to the church & churchyard through the Lychgate

Above viewing the church from the North East end.

Left the Kollys chapel which stands out on the North side
The West end of the church

Stitch photo from the West end

Left looking towards the porch.

Right the West  window

The new extension on the South side of the church

Above the bellcote

Left the South side of the church

Above looking from the East and left the East window and Knolls chapel

The churchyard by the West end of the church

More of the West end churchyard

There are quite a few family tombs here on the West end of the church

Along with the war grave of G.E. Makins MC.

Left one of the many crosses you can see around the churchyard

Some of the family tombs you can see

Looking west in the churchyard
Crosses marking the graves of a family

Roger Fulford-Dobson who was a Master Mariner

Above Sergeant A.A.G.Atkins of the Royal Airforce.

Right the East end of the churchyard

Looking west along the churchyard
Above the churchyard and church

Above as cast grave marker still in good condition.

Right some of the older headstones

On the east end you can also see a few large chest tombs

They must belong to wealth family's

Group of differing headstones

Couple of tombs near the church

The far tome is on a large plot making quite a family vault

Another old chest tomb on the North side
Stone in Memory of Brigadier Geoffrey Gamble and his wife Diana Holland Gamble

Coming into the church you find a long nave leading to a chancel

Left the chancel arch

Right the altar and chancel window

Unusual feature is the light up cross on the back of the altar

Turn around and you get a good view of the lit up church organ which was added after the memorials on either side were put up and also hides a stained glass window

Above the pulpit and left a view down the nave from it

Along the nave are a lot of very nice stained glass windows

They all seem to depict scenes from the bible

and are very beautiful

Most seem to be in memory of of a prominent local

This barred window looks out to a tomb in the churchyard.

Right a risen Christ is another memorial window

This one looks very pre-Raphaelite 

At the back in a place of honour is a First World War Grave marker of  Capt G Makins

Nearby one of the poppies from the Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red

The two partly hidden memorial at the back of the church

Memorial to Colonel Howell Davis

One to Hubert Blake Hodson

This one is to rev Sir Frances Jarvis Stapleton Bart from greys Court along the road

Left a couple to members of the Ovey family

Right one to members of the Grote Family

This magnificent church brass is before the altar and I failed to find out who it was

Above the Church font, which is a square tubed one

Above the two chandeliers you can see in the chancel

Beside which you can see the Knolls Chapel

The chapel contained the remains of Sir Frances and Lady Katherine

On the side you see are seven daughters, I do know there are seven sons on the other side

On the tomb you can see the Effigies of the parents and note beside the Lady Katherine is a Baby, it is thought she had 14 possibly 16 children. 

The whole tomb is very impressive and from the look topped by the couple praying

Either side of the chapel are window with from the look Elizabethan stained glass 

I will leave you this week with a view of the couple in repose. 
I really liked seeing the chapel but as it was locked could not go inside but I do intend to go back and visit again and get permission to go inside.
Have a good weekend