Saturday 30 September 2023

St James Boarstall

I passed this church while on a visit to Brill on the Hill a few years ago with my wife. I thought it might be one to visit. As I was visiting the church in Piddington I noticed that you passed by the church so on my way back I stopped off for a look. The church was locked so I only took a few photos. If I am back up this way I will see if I can get the church opened.

Boarstall was originally a chapel of ease for nearby Oakley, and its tithes were granted by Empress Matilda to St Frideswide's Priory in Oxford. The ecclesiastical parish of Boarstall was formed in 1418. The original parish church was mainly demolished in the English Civil War but a replacement was constructed out of funds provided by Lady Denham 

The church as you come down the path

Looking north west

West end of the church

South side with the entry doorway

What surprised me was there are no doors only gates which were locked, must get cold in there during the winter

The churchyard south of the church with a lot of headstones and one prominent tall cross

 Around the north side chowing the graves

 Collage of the churchyard

 Looking east

I will leave you with this photo of some of the older headstones which are gradually sinking 
Till next time I wish you all a peaceful weekend


Saturday 23 September 2023

St Nicholas Piddington

St Nicholas Piddington is listed as one of Oxfordshires Best Churches and one in a list of churches I would like to visit that are listed in the book.  There are over 100 to visit and a good few are in Oxford which I will be trying to visit as well. So far I realise I have been to over two thirds of the churches listed. Piddington was one of the furthest I have been to while I waited to pick my son up from the JR. You are almost in Bicester when you get there and it is easy to miss the turning to the village

St Nicholas church from over the churchyard. Below is the history of Wikipedia

"Piddington was originally part of the ecclesiastical parish of Ambrosden. By 1152 "Ralph the hermit" had established Holy Cross chapel on Muswell Hill about 1 mile (1.6 km) south of the village. Until the English Reformation, Piddington villagers used to process to the chapel on Christian feast days. The last ruins of the chapel are reported to have disappeared in 1800. The chapel of Saint Nicholas in Piddington is known to have existed by 1309. It is now Piddington's Church of England parish church. Its Early English chancel was built in about 1300, but has ornate Decorated Gothic sedilia and Easter Sepulchre carved in about 1350. There is a canonical sundial on the south wall. In the 14th century the Decorated Gothic south aisle was added, with a four-bay arcade and some new two-light windows, but also re-using two Early English lancet windows presumably from the south wall of the nave.

A number of Perpendicular Gothic windows were later added to the nave and one to the north wall of the chancel. The present belltower was built in the 16th century. St. Nicholas' parish church was repaired in 1826 and restored in 1855. In 1898 it was restored again under the architect John Oldrid Scott, whose alterations included replacing the chancel arch. A 14th-century wall painting of Saint Christopher on the north wall of the nave was discovered in 1896 and restored in 1935. St. Nicholas' church is a Grade II* listed building.

The west tower has a ring of five bells. Edward Hemins of Bicester cast the tenor bell 1729 in and the fourth bell in 1738. Llewellins and James of Bristol cast the treble, second and third bells in 1887, the year of Queen Victoria's Golden Jubilee. St Nicholas' parish is part of the Benefice of the Ray Valley, along with the parishes of Ambrosden, Charlton-on-Otmoor, Islip, Merton, Murcott, Noke, Oddington and Woodeaton."

Taken from the footpath, the bell tower is shorter that most churches I have visited

West end of the church with door, this was the nearest I could get as the boundary is where the hedge is

 North side view of the church

East end with the triple east window

South east end where you can see a narrow priest door, the one thing I missed was the mass dial by the door

South west end showing the tower

Looking north west to the tower

West door in the Base of the tower

Path leading through the churchyard

As you get near the church you see the older headstones

A single chest tomb stands amongst the headstones

Collage of headstones and tombs

 Older headstones
Graves at the east end of the church

View of the church as you walk in

Looking down the nave

Chancel arch

In the chancel

 Altar rails

Altar with kneelers at the base

Looking back through the church from the chancel
Pulpit which looks quite modern

 View from the pulpit
Nave and south aisle from the pulpit

 South aisle with organ at the end

Altar panel and east window
The east window
 The only other stained glass is this lancet window

The other window no less nice to look at are plain glass

At the back of the church a panel divides off the bells pulls

One walls above remnants of medieval wall paintings 

The organ in the south aisle

Memorial to Leonard Busby who died in action 1917

If you can look over the divider in to were the bells are rung you will see another memorial

To Lieut R Stone of the RAF who died in 1918

Will bequests on a panel

You can find these interesting memorials on the north wall of the chancel

Three memorials in the chancel

some of the carvings on the memorials

This looks like it is an old stoup

Decorated Gothic sedilia

Carvings you can see in the church

This gem was hidden behind a chair on the north wall of the chancel, it's an Easter Sepulchre carved in about 1350.
The font which I cannot give an age to

I will leave you with this shot of the old altar panel
Till next time I wish you all a peaceful weekend