Longworth is a village I learned out about when I was working at in Oxford back in the 1970's, I had an apprentice who lived there, I just remember his name was Pete and he had a slight limp and a bump in his head from a motorbike accident, it never put him off riding as I found out when he took me on the back of his Triumph Bonneville. I always wonder what became of him and gave him a thought as I walked in through the gate of Longworth Churchyard
The history on Wikipedia is sparse.
"The oldest parts of the Anglican St Mary's Church, Longworth are from the 13th century, the current chancel, west tower and north aisle from the 15th. It is a Grade I listed building.
The parish belongs to the benefice of Cherbury with Gainfield. J. R. Illingworth, a theologian and philosopher, was Rector of St Mary's from 1883 to 1915."
To read a more in depth history please visit Britain Express
The church sits across the churchyard from the entrance which is off a corner beside the manor in the village.
The chancel looks to be nearly as big as the rest of the church as you walk towards it
You will notice the village war memorial which stands out as you walk in
Looking towards the Porch on the South aisle
around the West end by the tower you can see the church has both North and South aisles
Across the West end towards the Manor over to the right
From down the North East end of the church you can see the new building that has been added as the Church office
Back around the East end
Going in the porch you will notice what look like headstones laid on the floor
The door is open and takes you to the South aisle
An altar cross dominates the altar
Left the painted Reredo
A small section of glass than looks much older than the rest in the church.
On the window sill what looks like the remnants of the Marten tomb
The three daughters
The effigy of a woman on the other side of the sill is also part of the Marten tomb which was in the tower and thought to have been demolished after the Restoration of the Monarchy
Memorial to John & Annie Weavings sons who sadly died young
Above left memorials to the Walton Family from the manor. while right a bequest listing the poor people who will benefit.
Right a brass that I dare say came off a floor slab now on the chancel wall
The five sons on one side
and seven daughters the other
A man dressed as monk with hand in prayer is another brass
This one is more modern
At the West end of the South aisle you find the font which looks much older than Victorian which you tend to find in a lot of churches
Above the view from the pulpit with left a similar view from the aisle
Above views looking East and West along the South aisle
here we look over from the entrance aisle to the North aisle
Outside if you go over to the South West corner there is a door to the manor with a memorial plaque on it
Nearby a chest tombs with a tomb slab nearby
Going around the North side of the church you can see an extension to the churchyard where the more recent burials are
An unusual tomb with a cross mounted on top
Around the East end you find some older headstones
Another of the tomb on the South side and the church
Looking towards the manor and older headstones
Wooden cross with brass marker plate.
The East end and even older headstones
Along the path headstones of people who wanted their headstones noticed from years ago