Saturday, 23 September 2017

St Giles Newington


I visited this church a number of years ago and since then have not had a chance to return. Some history on the church via Wikipedia. The village itself dates back before the Domesday Book where it has a mention and there is an old Manor next to the church
"The Church of England parish church of Saint Giles was built in the 12th century, its transepts were added about 1200 and the west tower and spire were added early in the 14th century.The building is Grade I listed.
The tower has a ring of four bells. Roger Landen of Wokingham, Berkshire cast the second bell in about 1450. Robert Eldridge of Wokingham cast the treble bell in 1592. Henry I Knight of Reading, Berkshire cast the tenor bell in 1608. Abraham II Rudhall of Gloucester cast the third bell in 1719. For technical reasons the bells are currently unringable. St Giles' has also a Sanctus bell that Ellis I Knight of Reading cast in 1639.
Gilbert Sheldon held the living of the parish for a time in the 17th century. Sheldon also simultaneously held the livings of Hackney, Ickford, Buckinghamshire and Oddington, Oxfordshire. After the Restoration of the Monarchy, Sheldon was consecrated Archbishop of Canterbury in 1663"






St Giles church as you can see is old






Along with the porch which you can see is made of a wood frame with Wattle & Danube though in this case it looks like plaster




The porch shelters the old Norman Doorway


Above the spire looks very chunky bing supported by huge butresses

Left this was the first time I had encountered sheep in a churchyard








Left the North wall of the church and Right the area between the buttresses








Above one of the huge buttresses supporting the spire
St Giles Church





Left a gap in the wall showing part of the older church. Right the door on the North side of the church















Views along both North & South sides of the church











Over the road is the new cemetery of churchyard extension, at the time of my visit it was quite over grown. I have ever intension of returning for some internal views of the church because they look to be well worth returning for but you can see some in the link to Oxfordshire Churches 
May you have  a peaceful Weekend

Saturday, 16 September 2017

Churches of Dundee.



These were taken when I visited Dundee in 2010, I did not get the chance to look inside the churches which looking back I fell was something I lost out on

I thought this was one church but looking on Google Maps you can see two. the part on the left is the Steeple Church and on the Right St Marys

This part of the church is St Marys 


The Steeple Church which is the other end of St Mary's

This is St Pauls Cathedral

Walked past this place which was a former church now converted into a night club
I feel I missed out not seeing in any of the churches but I hope sometime to return and be able to visit the churches.
Have a good Weekend



Saturday, 9 September 2017

St Nicholas Rotherfield Greys



Not much I can find on this church other than it is Norman but was restored in 1865. It contains the 16th-century Knollys Chapel, which houses an ornate tomb of the Knollys family. This includes effigies of Sir Francis Knollys and his wife, who was lady-in-waiting to Queen Elizabeth I.
The entrance to the church & churchyard through the Lychgate






Above viewing the church from the North East end.

Left the Kollys chapel which stands out on the North side
The West end of the church

Stitch photo from the West end







Left looking towards the porch.

Right the West  window













The new extension on the South side of the church





Above the bellcote

Left the South side of the church




Above looking from the East and left the East window and Knolls chapel




The churchyard by the West end of the church


More of the West end churchyard





There are quite a few family tombs here on the West end of the church













Along with the war grave of G.E. Makins MC.

Left one of the many crosses you can see around the churchyard




Some of the family tombs you can see






Looking west in the churchyard
Crosses marking the graves of a family





Roger Fulford-Dobson who was a Master Mariner


















Above Sergeant A.A.G.Atkins of the Royal Airforce.

Right the East end of the churchyard





Looking west along the churchyard
Above the churchyard and church




Above as cast grave marker still in good condition.

Right some of the older headstones



On the east end you can also see a few large chest tombs



They must belong to wealth family's




Group of differing headstones



Couple of tombs near the church




The far tome is on a large plot making quite a family vault




Another old chest tomb on the North side
Stone in Memory of Brigadier Geoffrey Gamble and his wife Diana Holland Gamble

Coming into the church you find a long nave leading to a chancel







Left the chancel arch

Right the altar and chancel window









Unusual feature is the light up cross on the back of the altar

Turn around and you get a good view of the lit up church organ which was added after the memorials on either side were put up and also hides a stained glass window







Above the pulpit and left a view down the nave from it










Along the nave are a lot of very nice stained glass windows











They all seem to depict scenes from the bible







and are very beautiful














Most seem to be in memory of of a prominent local








This barred window looks out to a tomb in the churchyard.

Right a risen Christ is another memorial window




This one looks very pre-Raphaelite 








At the back is a First World War Grave marker of











Nearby one of the poppies from the Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red







The two partly hidden memorial at the back of the church














Memorial to Colonel Howell Davis





One to Hubert Blake Hodson




This one is to rev Sir Frances Jarvis Stapleton Bart from greys Court along the road



Left a couple to members of the Ovey family

Right one to members of the Grote Family

































This magnificent church brass is before the altar and I failed to find out who it was

Above the Church font, which is a square tubed one

Above the two chandeliers you can see in the chancel






Beside which you can see the Knolls Chapel




It is quite magnificent










On the side you see are seven daughters, I do know there are some sons on the other side























On the tomb you can see the Effigies of the parents and note beside the Lady is a Baby who died






The whole tomb is very impressive and from the look topped by the couple praying





























Either side of the chapel are window with from the look Elizabethan stained glass 

I will leave you this week with a view of the couple in repose. 
I really liked seeing the chapel but as it was locked could not go inside but I do intend to go back and visit again and get permission to go inside.
Have a good weekend