Saturday 29 April 2023

St Thomas Goring

Sorry to republish this blog but I still have not managed to get out. I came across this blog on St Thomas Goring and noticed it was missing a couple of photos which were linked to an old Flickr account. It seemed a good ide to add the missing photos and update the blog a little with some collages, Hope you enjoy it
I have been to this church before and taken photos but thought it time to revisit. It was the second attempt to visit this church as the previous day I found the battery dead. Some history taken from Wikipedia
"The Church of England parish church of Saint Thomas of Canterbury is Norman, built early in the 12th century. The bell-stage of St. Thomas's bell tower was added in the 15th century  and has a ring of eight bells, one of which dates from 1290. The rood screen is carved from wood taken from HMS Thunderer (1783), one of Nelson's fleet at Trafalgar. The church hall was added in 1901.
A priory of Augustinian nuns was built late in the 12th century with its own priory church adjoining St. Thomas's. The priory survived until the early part of the 16th century when it was suppressed in the Dissolution of the Monasteries and then demolished. The foundations of the priory church, cloister, dormitory, vestry, chapter house and parlour were excavated in 1892."

This is one of the entrances to the church

You walk past the village war memorial which I have always found hard to get a good photo of

The land beyond the wall used to be a priory for Augustine Nuns and was built in the late 12th century and was suppressed in the 16th Century during the dissolution of monastery's  after which is was demolished . Not sure about the houses you see now I thought them as almshouses.
Ahead you see the church of St Thomas of Canterbury to give it's full name

Seeing the whole church is not east with the trees that are in the churchyard. The church is Norman and built in the early 12th century

This is the other entrance footpath. It comes from the main road which is behind me.

 St Thomas looking from the south east side of the churchyard
The belltower was added in the 15th century 
 Here we look down the nave which was reordered a few years ago. I'm not a fan of this happening to churches but you can't say the place does not look like not benefited from the work done as it is light and airy
 The Rood screen you see used to be just behind the pulpit but was mover during the reordering. the marks where it was are still in the wall & floor. The Rood screen is carved from the wood taken from HMS Thunderer which was one of Lord Nelsons Trafalgar fleet
  The photo above was taken a while ago but shows some of the amazing detail on the rood screen

Collage sowing some of the detail on the rood screen

The trees are from a Christmas tree festival and are dressed but local groups and businesses 
 This is the first nativity scene I have managed to get a photo of
This is the chancel now
Took this a few years ago 
 The chancel window which is one of the few stained glass windows in the church

 One of the other stained glass windows

Some of the decorated Christmas trees. The one on the left is the local scouts and on the right the catholic church which I might add and another beautiful church

Some one might recognise his name here

The Womens Institute banner and a brass memorial you can see in the church

 Found these interesting, especially the top one

Couple more memorials you can see, the left one is the roll of honour from the two wars the one on the right a bit older.

This tomb is in the chancel floor near where the rood screen used to be.

A brass and detail on another memorial

Couple of doors in the church, the left leads to the belltower and the one on the right is called the nuns door and was opened up to allow access to the new hall

The floral display is buy the bell tower door

The British legion flags

With the name of one lost

 The arches and pillars to the south aisle and the font

Grave markers in the churchyard

The churchyard is quite large 

and worth a wander round to see the headstones

Even I did not realise it stretched back towards the road past the Lych gate 

The South side also ans many more older graves

I'll end with a couple of more interesting headstones.
Able Seaman B C Towerton served on HMS Victory in Portsmouth which was Lord Nelsons flagship and fought at Trafalgar and is still in service if not afloat. DOWS is listed against his name on a list I found so may explain how he died.

I saw the wreath first then read the name Capt E B B Towse VC you can read about him in the link. This was the fist VC I had come across in a churchyard

Chest tomb and grave markers

I hope you enjoyed the updated version of the blog.
Till next time have a wonderful weekend

Saturday 22 April 2023

Rose Hill Cemetery (Oxford)

 I have been here a few times now and have updated the the blog with some new photos

As I was over in Oxford last week I visited a couple of places that I had wanted to go to for a while
"Rose Hill Cemetery" is located in Oxford, It was opened in 1889 and has more than 20,000 burials. It covers over 11 acres (45,000 m2) and has a Victorian chapel. The cemetery is closed to new burials.
Rose Hill is one of four large Victorian cemeteries in Oxford".

 The entrance to the cemetery is just off Church Cowley Road and you pass through these gates

Over to the left you can see the old gate house for the cemetery

The road runs through the cemetery turning and coming back towards the chapel

The chapel is still in use for services

which is a reasonable size with the windows covered for protection
It's locked unless in use

Over to one side is this small building no doubt once used as the Mortuary now the Gardner's  store

Just looking across the cemetery you can see how big it is

with the odd tomb

The graves are well tended

grass kept cut unlike most churchyards

It is crowded with all sorts of monuments

An anchor wrapped around a cross but I loved seeing the different angels
There are quite a few different types there

All watching over their charges

The one above faces some conifers which have grown up to almost hide it
But this one I took my eye, a young girl holding on to the Cross

I noticed quiet a few Commonwealth War Grave headstones in the cemetery

This is designated a war grave the family providing their own memorial, the letters are fading which is a shame

I took photos of all the War Graves I noticed and counted up around 31, their could be more I have missed

This one has a memorial to another family member with them

On the way in you could not help notice this huge array of floral tributes, the ones at the back I recon were around 3 to 4 foot high, nearly a meter. I think it belonged to some one from the travelling community

I have to say it is mind boggling

when you walk through large cemetery like this

The headstones seem to keep going on

You have to wonder how you know where to look for a relative

The cemetery is imminence

Last year I went back again to find this grave of Edward Brooks VC. I found out he was buried in Rose hill so after contacting the people who look after the place they told me where to look

He is buried with his wife Elsie May

Collage of graves

View of the cemetery with covered cross in the foreground

I like coming here to look around

Collection of angles on graves

Its a cemetery you can spend ages looking around

But I feel it is well maintained

The cemetery is closed now for new burials though I did notice a few new ones. There are a few more cemetery's in Oxford I would like to visit Two in particular as they are now closed. Hopefully next year I will get a chance to visit.
Till Next Time do have a wonderful weekend