Happy New year to you all. Things never turn out how you expect them to go, I never thought after getting to March I would get Covid and end up in ICU at the Royal Berkshire Hospital for 9 days then taking 8 weeks to recuperate. Even with that little set back I managed to visit over 45 churches this year completing a personal challenge to visit all the churches on a website called Churches of the Builth Wells Area, (mind you it took a few years). Now I intend to visit the church in book called Oxordshire's Best Churches, so far I have been to over 70 (there are a little over 100) I know there are more than 500 in Oxfordshire of which I reckon I have nearly been to half of them. I hope to bring you more interesting churches next year.
After publishing the two reviews of 2022
St Giles Blechingdon was the first church I published in 2023, It was shown in two parts as I visited the church twice, the first time it was shut so I arraigned for it to be open the second time
St Mary the Virgin Kirklington was another of the churches I had visited towards the end of 2022 and one I managed after the first failed visit to Bletchingdon
St Leonard Eynsham was a church I used to see often as I used to work not far away for many years, it was one I thought would be closed but I was pleased to find it open and witha very welcoming group of villagers there making the most of the warms space
March started with St Mary Wootton or Wootton by Woodstock as it is also known.
I thought it was time I visited some Berkshire churches I has my eye on, one which I spotted driving past while going to Swindon due to a detour was Woodland St Mary this was a redundant church looked after by the Church Conservation trust. It was well worth visiting dues to the magnificent display of snowdrops in the churchyard
Wickham was along the road from the last church so I went along to visit St Swithin. There was no churchyard to look around but the inside made up for this. It's not often you have Elephants looking down on you and not angles.
The following week I visited St Michael Begbroke which was a really nice church with a roofed bell tower and a nun's cemetery
This is where I nearly came unstuck and I managed to contract Covid and that ended me up at the ICU unit in the Royal Berkshire Hospital for 9 days so apart from not being able to post I could not go out visiting churches for a few weeks.
I did manage to write a blog on St John's Mongewell after visiting with my son back in March. I have been here a few times and it's another church looked after by the Conservation Trust
I had already visited St Mary Purley on Thames in March so was able to do another post. This was a second visit for me and I was very pleased to go inside, the pulpit mad it well worthwhile
Rose Hill Cemetery came next, this was an update with some new photos I added due to a grave I found out about and wanted to see.
I republished St Thomas Goring updating it a little as I still was not able to get out at the time.
By the time May came around I managed to get out to visit some churches again accompanied by my son in case I needed support. I visited St Bartholomew Holton which I had already been to many years ago but found locked. This time borrowed the key from the local vicar and after looking around returned the key
St Mary Waterperry was along the road from the last church so we went to visit for the next blog. In the grounds of Waterperry house it made a very interesting church to look around
I went along to St Mary Ewelme fro my next visit a church that I have been to before but felt I really needed to cover the church better and this time. I covered the church in two parts with the second part showing the inside the following week
This started off with a visit to Crowell and The Nativity of the Virgin Mary which was a very nice little church near Chinnor
St Andrews Chinnor came next this was a beautiful church with a huge churchyard
I followed up with St Mary Sydenham which I ended up visiting twice
As I had been visiting Wales I felt it was time I got started on finishing the churches on the website called Churches of the Builth Wells Area. St Davids Llanddewi Fach. took me a while to find on the map so when I did I wasted no time in visiting.
That concludes the first part of my review of the churches I visited for the Church Explorer Part two will conclude them next week