Saturday, 6 August 2022

St James Cowley

 

After visiting Littlemore I still had an hour or so till I picked up my some from the Hospital so I decided to go down to Cowley and visit St James Church Cowley which is now part of the city of Oxford. It used to be called Church Cowley but was merged into the City, Wikipedia gives little history but click the link above and you can read the history from the parish website. Photos take with iphone and Canon SX740 compact zoom. The photos were taken from two separate visits

Unusual looking tower on the church being quite stunted

 
 The east end of the church as seen from the road.

First view of the church as you come up the road

a footpath runs along the north side of the church

another along the south side

Not having my main camera I took this panoramic of the church with my iphone

 
The windows in the nave part of the church had tracery at the top

 
Where as the ones in the chancel had an older look about them

West end an a shot of the tower

 
You can see some interesting old gargoyles around the outside of the tower

Then further over to look along the north side

The porch with the gates firmly locked but knowing where the church was I was not surprised

 
St James from the south west part of the churchyard

The churchyard was quite large

It did have a beautiful monument in it

 
 Unusual looking cross in the churchyard

Headstones under the trees in the shade

 
A huge family grave plot which I think also serves as a garden of remembrance 

 
There were quite a few tombs in the churchyard as well
 

Part of the churchyard is under the shade of trees and lift to go wild

 
A wood cross with cover in the long grass


More than a few graves were accessible with brambles covering them

There were two Commonwealth War Graves  W.H.Smith & R.C Belcher

Looking east down the south side of the churchyard

 
A cross nearly hidden in the shrubbery
 

I felt these cast iron crosses a nice find
 

 Not often I see that many in such good condition

 
Along with a tomb as well
 

A cleared area given over to cremation memorials

 
Low tomb one was in long grass

Another in the shade of a tree

Collage of the headstones

and some of the older ones from the 1700's

Three crosses I presume from Easter. The church was in a beautiful setting and it is hard to believe it is situated in one of the busiest parts of Oxford. I will try and return here to look around the inside

Till Next time I wish you all a wonderful weekend

 
 

30 comments:

  1. What a pretty little church. The grave stones are so interesting to look at.

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    1. Yes a very pretty church which took me by surprise in this part of Oxford

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  2. Interesting church and cemetery. Take care.

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  3. It's a pity that so many urban churches are permanently locked. It looks an interesting little building.

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    1. Hopefully I will get there when it is unlocked

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  4. What an amazing looking old church. I find the overgrown cemetery rather sad. It speaks of forgotten long lost loved ones.

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    1. Normal over here in the UK, they like the older parts to encourage wildlife

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  5. really nice collection of photos - love old cememtaries

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  6. You found so much of interest in the churchyard with those lovely old tombs and gravestones and crosses. The low tower is really unusual - I don't think I have seen on that low before. I hope you can gain entry at some point in the future as it would be so interesting to see the interior.

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    1. I have come across a couple of low ones before now. Working on getting inside ATM

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  7. It's a pleasure to find another old church lover. I mean lover of old churches, not that you (or I) are old. Your churches are very different from ours. I'm really taken with those lovely iron crosses.

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  8. Well you can't help but love them here there are so many and being a Church Crawler is a bit of a hobby with me. Cast iron crosses are not uncommon but not in such good condition as the are

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  9. The churchyard is very peaceful.

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  10. I could spend the day in the cemetery - fascinating.
    Thanks so much for sharing at https://image-in-ing.blogspot.com/2022/08/a-visit-to-cedar-creek-galleries.html

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    1. I could spend a long time in them myself like looking at the really old headstones

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  11. Billy - you implied there was something about the area that meant the church should be locked. Can you explain for curious old me? The old headstones are fascinating, as well as the large statue - was it for someone rich, do you suppose? Thanks for linking to Mosaic Monday!

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    1. Well Cowley tends to be quite a crime area, lots of druggies and 3light fingered people around

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  12. That is such an unusual tower! It looks like they forgot to finish it or got bored and stopped building early.

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    1. It is quite a stunted tower but I don't think it is unusual

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  13. I like looking at the old, old headstones when I walk at the local cemetery. Names and how they inscribed them is interesting. We now have a local lady who took it on her own to clean them and they're coming along nicely to being clean again.

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    1. most of the headstones here are covered in lichen and only cleaned off if some one is looking for a particular name

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  14. Beautiful photos. One of my favorites shows the slanting headstones and lots of shadows. Reminded me of when we visited churchyards in the Lake District and took photos of ancestral headstones.

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    1. Lot of old headstones and churches in the Lake district which is not a places I tend to visit. Too over commercialised for my likening. Good you found some old ancestors there

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  15. Stunning stonework and buildings as always - thanks so much for sharing and for linking up with #MySundaySnapshot.

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  16. I'm so glad you share these churches as there's nothing like this anywhere I've lived.


    Thanks for sharing your link at My Corner of the World this week!

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