Saturday 18 December 2021

St Baranabus Horton-cum-Studley


This week the Church Explorer Visits St Barnabas Horton  which is outside Oxford. I must admit the church was not one I had thought to visit but as I wanted to visit a church while my Lad was at the JR I thought it was in east reach in my time scale. I did not know what to expect with the church and was surprised to see it looked relativity new if you call Victorian new. I did find some history on the church.

" The Church of England parish church of Saint Barnabas was built in 1867, apparently on or close to the site of the former village chapel. This made the Priory chapel unnecessary, so when the Croke family sold Studley to John Henderson in 1877 the chapel was converted into a kitchen and offices. The present St Barnabas' parish church was designed by the Gothic Revival architect William Butterfield and built in 1867. It is built of yellow brick relieved by red and blue brick detailing. It has a nave, chancel and north aisle. St Barnabas' has no tower but there is a west bell-turret with two bells. The stained glass windows are by Alexander Gibbs. Early in the 19th century there were a number of Protestant Nonconformists in Horton and Studley, and some of their homes were licensed for them to worship in."

 St Barnabas from over the boundary hedge

Another view from the east end of the churchyard

The Lychgate leading to the church

Quick look along the south side of the church and churchyard

 From the south west end of the churchyard

 Around the south east end

 Walking around to look along the south side

The west end and the bell tower

 the north side

Looking west from the  south of the church

Some interesting headstones

This one in particular with an angel

Not a war memorial but one to Capt Robert Ronald Henderson who lived locally`

Nice cast iron cross

Looking west art the part of the churchyard that is left to go wild

Most of the graves here are forgotten with the ground subsiding

Air craftsman R.W.Mattingly

 Broken cast iron cross discarded by the church

The north  side churchyard looking west

Over on the south east end of the churchyard a flagpole with the flag St Georges 

Couple of the older headstones nearby

More headstones which have need forgotten

Mario & Violet Clerici

 Back at the west end looking south

The porch leading to the church

Interesting ironwork on the door

 Crosses from the churchyard

Inside after turning the lights on looking down the aisle

Just as you walk in the church you see the font

Walking down the aisle to the chancel arch

In the chancel looking at the altar

More photos taken with my Phone

Cancel arch

Altar and the tiles back

Altar and east windows

The altar cross

Back with my DSLR and the east window

Looking back to the west end

The organ


Looking down from the pulpit

Pulpit and lectern

Window of the chancel

In the nave are some really nice stained glass windows

All very revivalist

A single window with lifelike stained glass figure

War Memorial for the lost in the Second World War

The one for World War One is very impressive

Christmas tree and advent candles

The advent candles with chancel behind

From the lectern with the open bible

View of the lectern with the candles

Over on the north side a small chapel with a frosted window

On a shelf the Madonna and Child

Beautiful frosted window celebrating the millennium

Before I left I turned on the Christmas tree lights, I think I should have turned of some of the overhead lights as well

Looks better towards the chancel

Last look at the church before turning off the lights and leaving. That is it for the year I take a break over Christmas and start work on the review of 2021 which  publish in the new year. May I take this opportunity to thank you all who follow, subscribe and for reading my blog. So till next time may I wish you all a very Happy Christmas and I hope to see you all in the new year