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



  1. Looks like it needs some TLC.
    What at lovely old church.

  2. Such a shame it was locked and its very strange about the lack of doors. There are some lovely old gravestones in the churchyard.

    1. I'd like to find out more about the church, I may go back and visit again

  3. That part of the church on the south side looks intriguing. A shame that you couldn't go inside to take a look. Thank you for your comment on my blog today. Technical issues continue with downloading photos. I will have to use my mobile phone in future, but it's not the same as easy downloads with camera to computer. Take care and have a peaceful week Bill.

    1. I must admit it intrigued me as well with the gated entrance. Hope you sort out your download issues

  4. I would be in awe walking around that old church. What beautiful architecture!

  5. No doors? That seems very strange. Maybe when you go back, you will find out why they did that.

  6. Happy MosaicMonday

    Thank you so much being part at

    Have a fine week. Greetings by Heidrun

  7. Such a stunning location - Thanks for taking part and for linking up with #MySundaySnapshot.

  8. I would wonder about the lack of doors too.


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