Not far away is Our Lady St Edmund a Catholic church I have passed but until now never had the chance to visit I found it very interesting in that it was also attached to a convent next door
The month ended with a visit to St Lawrence South Weston
which was one of the churches over in the Watlington area I wanted to visit
St Mary Adwell was only A few miles away but to my loss it was locked and I doubt I will return unless I can get the key to go in the church
I managed to visit St Leonard Watlington the next day after finding a christening going on on my previous attempt
I took you around the churchyard the following week as I felt it deserved a blog of its own.
I ended the month with a visit to St Laurence North Hinksey was from my archive it is a beautiful old church and one I will return to when I visit the church in the next village hopefully in the next few months
May came around and I took you to another Conservation Trust Church All Saints Shirburn a church which I had see the sign to many times on my way to the M40 along the road. Must admit when I fist tried to visit the church I had wondered how to get to see it but found out it was in the grounds of a nearly Shirburn House and you got the keys from the gate house and it was well worth the effort of going and getting them
The church after that was St Luke Garford which turned out to be behind a farm but I found was locked, the church begs a return visit when I can get the key
The following week I took you to St Mary Lyford w wonderful old church that dates back to the 13th century and where nearby a Bomber crashed in World War two killing all on board. I still have to visit the graves at a y War Cemetery in Oxford
The month ended with a visit to Wales and Capel Maelog which I only noticed while sitting in the car with my wife eating an ice cream. All that remains of this place is an outline of a small chapel that once was there in the 10th or 11th century, it was excavated in 1984.
St James West Hanney was in June and I showed this over two blogs with the second one showing the inside of the church
St Andrew Headington was another church from my Archive, something I have run out of now I'm afraid but at least I have the time now to visit new churches. Not much I can say about this one but I may try and visit it again when it is open
St Martin Bladon was the next church, the place you can see the grave of Sir Winston Churchill and though the church does not stand out like some of the others I have visited it is still worth visiting if only to see Sir Winston's Grave and the small exhibition inside.
June went out with a visit to All Saints Newbridge on Wye a fine example of Victorian work but alas the church was locked.
St Nicholas Sulham I had visited before many years previous but the photos were rubbish and it was a quick stop off after visiting some World War two remains nearby. This time I stopped off after going to a DIY store in Reading and was pleased to see it had not changed
St Matthew Harwell was another church I visited a few years ago but never got around to writing a blog on so this was rectified
I ended July with a visit to St Nicholas Beedon a small church on the Berkshire downs off the A34. It has one of the best Scratch Dials I have seen
Not far away was St Mary Chieveley
but that was unfortunately locked and reading about some of the inside sounds interesting. I think I my be returning to visit this one
I took you to St Mary Chalgrove for the next two blogs because I felt it could not be covered in one, The church is well worth visiting for the wall art you can see in the chancel
I made up with this on the following visit to St Bartholomews Chapel a stunning chapel in the middle of a set of almshouses and well worth visit if you are nearby.
Another church I found locked was All Saints East Lockinge which may well be on the cards for a revisit if I can find where to get the key.
September ended with another from the Archive I forgotten about. St Peter Woolhampton, this was locked when I visited many years ago so I may well try to revisit
I had the opportunity to visit the Friends Meeting House in October which I was very pleased about and found the place a friendly one to visit.
St Bartholomew Oare was my next church which was locked but as I know where to get the key I will return as soon as I can
Holy Trinity Hermitage
is only a few miles away from Oare and I only noticed them while looking at my OS maps for churches I missed seeing the little cross marking the church the first time. It was a nice church that had been re ordered
I was back in Wales for my next church St Afan Llanfechan
a church that seem to a bit of bad problem with them living in the roof space
Just down the road is Olewydd Congregational Chapel
which had some really nice headstones in the well kept cemetery
The next church was the Rigdeway in Oxfordshire and an area I will be returning to for the interesting old churches around there. St Andrew Letcombe Regis
was the first church I visited a church that dates back to 1086.
Along the road is St Michael Letcombe Bassett a church that looks older but is probably from around the same time and has some nice old features to it and some interesting chest tombs
December saw me back in wales at Erwood Chapel which had a nice cemetery that was well kept and over looked the village
From there I travelled to St Mary Crickadarn which was only a few miles away
Across the road from the church is Crickadarn Chapel which was a nice chapel with a well kept cemetery.
Although I had a few more churches & chapels in Wales to show I decided that I would end the year with a church from my childhood that I attended while as school next door.
St James Catholic church has not changed much since I used to go there apart from loosing a bit of the churhyard to a road improvement and gaining a North aisle. It still brought back memories for me.
That is my 2018 roundup, many churches were the ones you will find marked on my map but as ever I find others I had not noticed then visit them they are an added to the map, no doubt it will happen again in the coming year St James was just one of them. I managed to visit a few of the churches in Wales that I had on my map and there are a few still to visit yet. There are many more around the area I live which I will endeavour to visit this year, most of them are with in 35 Km of where I live. I hope you all have enjoyed the churches |I have visited and will return to see more in 2019.