Saturday, 30 July 2022

St Mary & St Nicholas Littlemore Pt2

Hopefully back on track with my post, St Mary & St Nicolas Littlemore I first visited back in  May and managed to revisit the church over six weeks ago as you might have noticed I have just finished posting some churches I re-visited towards the end of 2021 and forgot about they should have been posted the beginning of this year but must have slipped my mind after writing my reviews. This week I show you the inside of the church, the photos were taken with my iphone so some may be  slightly grainy because of the zoom

A reminder of how St Mary & St Nicholas church looking from the roadside

As soon as I walked in the gate the doors were open and the church looked welcoming, though the decorations were for a wedding

Inside the church looked just as friendly

Going down to the chancel you cannot help look up at the rood on the rood screen

The altar table and magnificent east window

The altar table with the old altar panel in the background window

You can see the old altar through the new altar table

Looking back down the nave with a few of the parishioners at the back. I might add they were a very pleasant bunch to chat with as I did after I finished taking photos

The organ loft

with the organ one side note the church mouse choir

In the chancel a niche with a apart stained glass window, the vestry is the other side

Over to the other side of the chancel there  is a Sepilia & Piscina

Where you find the original battlefield cross of Capt F Hamilton Ralls

Roll of honour for the First World War

The smaller Second World War Roll

Part of the altar panel in the chancel with small cross

A larger one on the other side

The beautiful east window

selection of the single stained glass windows

and the beautiful painted ones depicting saints

Very modern church brass

Memorial to Jemima Newman who laid the first stone of the church but died before the church was finished

The font with the raised cover

Wood carving of the Madonna and Child

The font

The pulpit which on this occasion I did not take a photo from

Really beautiful floral display on the entrance of the church

This display shows how the  church was restored

Knitted Bishop

19th century shoe found in the restoration

You can read how it was found on a sheet below

With my phone on the floor, I stood back and used my watch to take it

These are just out of the last shot

I asked the churchwarden if I could go up in the organ loft and he was very obliging and let me go up The organ is there as you turn left from the stares

there is also a harp which is something I have not come across

The stained glass window at the west end, not easy to see from floor level

The plaque commemorates all the people involved in the work on building the church in 1856

Looking down from the organ loft to the nave and chancel

The rood

I will take my leave with this photo of a cross with the east window in the background

Till next time have a wonderful weekend


  1. What a fascinating church. I love the nod to the past with the modern memorial styles - the brass one, and the beautiful style of the memorial to the fallen of WW1. Good to see the rood screen with the cross and statues in place too.

    1. Yes I was surprised to find out it was quite modern after reading the history

  2. This is a beautiful church. The altar table with the panel in the background is just stunning.

  3. Thank you Bill for visiting this beautiful church with so many interesting features and the Newman connection. It's good to see the photos of the restoration and to know that services are taking place. I was interested in the brass memorial for David Nichols with the macaw on his shoulder, the harp, the wood carvings, the organ, church mice choir and so much more. Have a good Sunday evening and peaceful week ahead.

    1. Yes you do not often find restoration photos like that, it was quiet a comprehensive restoration

  4. They did well to restore it, neat how they found the old shoe too, I can't believe that would've been comfortable back then to wear.

    1. Might have been for them, better than bare feet

  5. It looks lovingly cared for. I really like that knitted bishop.

    1. Yes it is nice to find things like that in a church

  6. Lovely to see the interior and another interesting church. Particularly liked the rood photos as I am reading a Shire Book on Rood Screens at present. Love the knitted clergyman too and lovely flower arrangements :)

    1. They were a neat addition to the church. Most rood screens I have come across are reproduction that have been added, I have only ever seen a few original ones in churches.

  7. Is that a light fixture hanging from the ceiling toward the back of the church? It is quite unusual.
    Thanks for sharing at

  8. How awesome to see that shoe that was left behind. Amazing sounds from that organ, I imagine. The harp must sound amazing too. Beautiful windows and Church.

    1. Unusual to see something like that. Makes you wonder how it got lost, can't have been cheap back then

  9. I'm surprised at how relatively new the church is. I was very interested to read about the shoe, that is something I've never heard of before.

    1. I did think it could be older when I first saw it

  10. As always, stunning structures and shots. Thanks for linking up and sharing your snaps with #MySundaySnapshot.

  11. What a brilliant church, as you say it is obviously well loved and thought about to give it that cosy air. Love the knitted bishop and other details like the mouse choir, it is a place people take an interest in. That harp is something else. In all my time I have not seen on in a church although I saw a hurdy gurdy in one church in Dorset. I am going to look up where Littlemore is, the name does not ring a bell with me. Thanks for this nice post.

    1. You don't need to look it up, it's just outside Oxford


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