Buckland is along the road from Faringdon and the church here was the first I visited on my little tour of the area. It was not one that stood out for me at first but I saw some photo's of the inside and made it one to visit. The church is on it's own in the village near the manor parking is out the front. I found some history on Wikipedia.
"The Church of England parish church of St Mary the Virgin is largely a 12th-century building, with 13th-century chancel, tower and transepts, a 14th-century octagonal baptismal font and some minor Victorian additions. The main north and south nave doors are unusual in having a matching pair of Norman arches. Also in the church is a late 12th-century Crusader chest.
In the chancel is a triangular locker containing the heart-burial (1575) of William Holcott of Barcote Manor. He was a staunch Protestant who only just avoided being burnt at the stake by Mary Tudor. After the Reformation, he became a zealous lay preacher, often gracing the pulpit in his "velvet bonnet and damask gown...sometimes with a gold chain".
Other monuments in the church include a number of 14th century tomb recesses, an inscribed slab with a floriated cross to Dame Felice la Blonde and a number of monuments to the Yates of Buckland Manor, including the brass of John Yate (1578), and hatchments of the Throckmorton family. The Barcote Chapel has a decorative mosaic, made in 1890–92 in memory of Clara Jane, wife of William West, of Barcote Manor.
The crossing tower had a ring of six bells until 1915, when they were increased to eight by the addition of a new treble and second bell. In 1636 Roger I Purdue of Bristol cast what are now the fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh bells. In 1721 Abraham II Rudhall of Gloucester cast the tenor bell. Mears and Stainbank of the Whitechapel Bell Foundry cast the third bell in 1898 and the new treble and second bell in 1915, and recast the seventh bell in 1960. St Mary's has also a Sanctus bell that John Warner and Sons of Cripplegate cast in 1854.
St Mary's church is a Grade I listed building. Its parish is part of the Benefice of Cherbury with Gainfield"
I sugest a coffee and cake while you read as it is a long blog
The gate leading to the churchyard is set back in a semicircle in the wall
The church with path leading to it.
Right around the North West end of the church
Above the North door with the Norman arch
Left an addition which serves now as a kitchen
Corner of the North Transept with blocked door
Right the East end with huge window
The South side seen from the path
I seem to have missed out getting a photo of the porch so cropped it out of the previous photo. One thing to note is the old roof line on the tower
Inside the porch you are treated to a stained glass window and a statue of the Madonna and child in an alcove
The east wall of the porch which also has a diagram of what you can see in the church
Inside the chancel looking to the altar
Above the altar screen below the Chancel window
Right the Sedilia
A tomb recess now used as a altar
The carving over the tomb recess
Left a cross on the North side of the chancel
Sarah Kitching memorial
The organ in the chancel with right one of the stalls in front of it
The choir stall opposite the organ
Above the pulpit with the views of the nave and the South transept chapel
The whole chapel is a superb mosaic
Above the stained glass window in the South wall
Detail of a ship in one part
Angels are all around the chapel
Whales on another part
while on another doves fly
The wood carvers have carved
some beautiful animals
Memorial to Mary Courtney
These are in the North transept, the tomb slab on the right has some wonderful church brass
Above the Southby memorial, right a crying cherub on the top of this memorial
Memorial yo Richard Southby
This memorial is to Thomas Hayward and Edward Southby
Above memorial to Catherine Brook with a memorial to William Edward Graham Niven who died in 1915 at Gallipoli
Left the Hayter memorial
If you walk around the chancel you can see these stained glass windows
Above the organ though I could not tell you if it is a separate one to the pipes you see to the right
Right the wrought iron chandeliers
Above what looks to be part of an older window with wall painting
Left some traces of really old stained glass still remain in the church
At the back of the church are a couple of panels that list the fallen from both wars
Above nearby is the font.
Right a list of benefactors to the church
One of the things of note in the church is this 12th century crusader chest
Going outside you find the churchyard is quite large to look around
Above the grave of Private RM A.W.Allbone who no doubt dies from the flu pandemic that affected the fleet and HMS Princess Royal
was badly hit
Left some differing headstones
some of the more modern headstone in the churchyard
A covered wooden cross while right a couple of headstones near the church
Heastone of Lieutenant Rupert Thorneloe
Heading down the East end of the churchyard
Where you can look back along the churchyard to the church
Above an older covered wooden cross with left some tombs in a overgrown part of the churchyard
Some double headstones can be seen along with foot stones
Tomb near the East end of the church
While walking around the North side of the church I spotted this old bire beside the wall normaly these would be preserved in the church somewhere but this one was forgotten about, one of the handles broken and laid on top
Till ext time I wish you a wonderful week