Cuddeston is only a few miles away from the last church Garsington and only a few miles further from Oxford. Neither church was on my map I keep of churches that I wanted to visit and to be honest I sort of forgot about them till after the last lockdown I looked on the OS map to see what churches were not that far from where I live and noticed a few around Oxford. There are still another tow I see which will get my attention after Christmas. This will be the last church featured in the Church Explorer this year because I will be taking a break over Christmas and composing the 2020 review of churches I visited.
There is not much I can find on All Saints Cuddeston other than the two lines on Wikipedia, even the book I have on Oxfordshire churches gives the same amount so all I can do is let you make your minds up from the photos I have taken
" Abingdon Abbey founded the Church of England parish church of All Saints in Cuddesdon in about AD 1180. All Saints' parish belongs to the Aston and Cuddesdon Deanery of the Diocese of Oxford."
I would suggest getting a coffee & cake because this time the church was open so I very pleased to be able to get more to show you
After walking through the Lychgate you come to the path leading right to the church
Closer to the church and you see a porch on the West end and further around looking from the South you see a second one
Left the South porch with the belltower above
Going towards the East end you have a view of the chancel end and South transept
Heading over to the North side and the North transept with the North aisle to the West end
The North side with transept and aisle.The part sticking out of the tower is the staircase leading to the bell loft
On top of the tower you can make out a weathervane cock
Above the North transept and left the porch on the West end
Going inside you see a superb Norman arch which is why the porch was placed there to protect it.
The carving on the top of the door pillars is really good
The oposide side showing slighty different detail
Inside the porch on the South you find what looks like another Norman arch, going through the door you will see this view of the church
Hanging in the Nave in front of the arch a wonderful old candelabra
A bird beside one of the choir pre finals
The carving so detailed
A lamb here by another final
Some are quite high on the walls
Other in corners
MB dated 1922
In the North aisle a Funerary Hatchment
Above one of the first crosses I noticed when I came in the churchyard was this covered cross.
Right a path going through the North side of the churchyard
Over on the South side some recent burials still with floral tributes
Over by the church some older headstone with a memorial bench nearby
Around the corner on the East end chest tombs and an unusual one in a fenced plot
Or sink in the ground
Over near the North boundary wall family graves
Above the Chancel cross silhouetted by the sun
The cockerel on the top of the tower
I will leave you with this shot of the advent candles on the font and wish you a wonderful weekend
That's it for this year, I will be having a blogging break till the new year which I sincerely hope is better than the one we have just had.
Take Care all and do have a safe Merry Christmas in the circumstances.