Saturday 10 December 2022

St Giles Hampton Gay


St Giles literally stands alone in a field not far from the Village of Hampton Gay. I took the footpath from Shipton on Cherwell to the church passing under the railway with the Cherwell running under the footbridge I was walking along. At first sight the church looked as though it had been taken over by a trust  but a notice on the confirmed it was still in use and the fact  the church was locked. I did find out I could get a key but that was another walk to the farm a good half mile away so I thought I'd leave it for another visit. There is a bit of history to read from Wikipedia :-

"Tithe records show that Hampton Gay had a parish church by 1074. The Church of england parish church of Saint Giles had included features from at least as early as the 13th century, but in 1767–72 the Rev. Thomas Hindes, a member of the family that then owned the manor, had it completely rebuilt. In 1842 the antiquarian J.H. Parker condemned St. Giles' Georgian architecture as "a very bad specimen of the meeting-house style". In 1859–60 the curate, Rev. F. C. Hingeston, altered the church to his own designs, replacing its round-headed Georgian windows with ones in an Early English Gothic style and having the south doorway re-cut in a Norman revival fashion. St. Giles contains a number of monuments, most of them to the Barry family. The most notable is a 17th-century wall monument with kneeling effigies of Vincent and Anne Barry and their daughter Lady Katherine Fenner. St. Giles' parish is now part of the Church of England benefice of Akeman, which includes the parishes of Bletchingdon, Chesterton, Kirtlington, Middleton Stoney, Wendlebury and Weston-on-the-Green."

After going through the gate this is your fist view of the church

South side view of the church

West end view, no aisles 

The door here looks Norman

North side with a single lancet window

East end with a triple window, the top of the tower is unusual in that it has a sphere at the top with the weather vane 

Back to the south side again

Further away from the meadow next door

Wide angle view of the church

Porch leading in, the door was locked so no chance of going inside on this occasion

Graves are in restively good condition

Some of the older ones in the long grass 

Beside the church

Collage showing a few more

Older ones in the long grass

Towards the east end of the church

As I said no internal views this week but looking through the window you cans see this beautiful memorial

and the fact it still has some original pews

The last window shows a couple more memorials.

Wide angle shot before I go back

As I got to the gate these fellows were waiting for me

My problem was I did not like the look of the horns so hopped on the wall and walked along before jumping down. Must admit this one was friendly enough.
As I managed to go back on Wednesday I have decided to publish the photo's in my blog next week which will be the last one I do this year as I will be taking a break till the new year
Till next time take care and I wish you all a peaceful weekend


  1. Replies
    1. Quiet a lot of churches look like this in the UK

  2. Think of the lives all the church members have lived over the centuries and the historic events this church has weathered. I like the cows too, they long to eat the taller grass on the other side of the stone wall.

    1. Yes I often think that. Not sure about the cows, they are just curious

  3. The notes about the changes to the architecture of the church are interesting. It's a shame you couldn't go in, but you got a good view of that memorial through the window. The cows are attractive-looking, but best to by pass them. The church sounds quite remote set in that field. Each church you visit is different with that unusual sphere and weather vane on the roof. Season's greetings Bill.

    1. I was lad I managed that but I did return a few weeks later and I am writing the follow up now

  4. I can see how it looks Norman, definitely agree with you there. I'd like to give those graves a good clean with moss killer.

    1. Not the done thing here, we leave it to nature to look after them

  5. I'll miss seeing your posts while you take some time to celebrate with family. Christmas blessings to you! And thank you for visiting each week at

  6. I like those windows. The weather vane on the tower looks out of place.

  7. Billy - Visiting from Mosaic Monday! The description was right about that memorial - it is quite unique! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you!

    1. Yes quite unique and one of the better ones I have seen

  8. My first thought was: how old is this building. It`s a lovely chuchr!

    Many thanks being part of MosaicMonday.
    Have a wonderful time.

    1. Most are restored by the Victorians though you can find some older

  9. It sounds like it has an interesting history. That memorial you saw through the window looks intriguing.

  10. Such stunning shapshots, especially against the skyline. Thanks so much for linking up and for sharing your snaps with #MySundaySnapshot.


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