Friday, 30 August 2013

Wallingford Cemetery

A change from my usual  but I thought it time I showed some photos from a cemetery that is local to me. I could not say when the cemetery was built but I would think the early 1800s after the turnpike to Shillingford was built. The main entrance is just off the road past the bends by castle meadows.

This is the main entrance to the cemetery the road on castle street

The gates that would have been here have long gone.

Hidden behind the ivy on the left side you can see this ornate gate, there is another on the other side which is open. I wonder if the main gates that were once on the pillars looked like this.

As you walk through the gates you can see the cemetery with the older headstones

 They can be see on both sides of the drive

The words are faded on this headstone which looks shamrock shaped and has a harp it also has a matching footstone
The drive leads to these two chapels you can see on either side of the cemetery

This chapel is now used as a chapel of rest by Howard Chadwick

I can't complain as I have used Howard Chadwick on three occasions and found him the most the considerate undertaker you could meet

The twin opposite is used for services from what I can see

This view was taken through the chapel window.


The obelisk is a memorial to the Payne family round base you can see the names of the family carved on the crosses on the  back you can see this inscription.

 Not far away is this war grave, Jonathan Fowler died 14th July 2011 seeing the date makes me sad .

There are a couple of older war graves not far away

Some headstones are leaning over others sit under the shade of the trees

On one side of the cemetery a lot of headstones are lost in ivy

It relentlessly makes it's way up and covers the whole memorial 

Shaking hands I think the first I have seen

A upside down dove

Graves with footstones

Headstones which are so covered in ivy they look like trees

Across the way you find the new cemetery

 Which seems bigger than the old on but is now getting quite full

You can see these war graves in the new section and are from the second world war

While looking round the cemetery I came across the grave of John Gannon or Jack as he was known. He used to be the Pharmacist at Savory & Moore in Wallingford  when it was in the old shop in the Market place and when it moved across the square. When he died he left three daughters .

Leaving the new cemetery you can see the old one opposite 

Which seems more tranquil
  Have a peaceful Sunday

Saturday, 24 August 2013

A few Churches

On my local travels where I had been searching out World War2 Pillboxes  or just out walking I have visited a few churches which I looked round the outside of and did not manage to look inside as the door was locked. They will be worth a visit if I get the chance.
The first one I will show you is St Marys Chapel Shifford  which can be seen from the Thames Path as you walk along it. I managed to visit after looking at a couple of nearby pillboxes.
The chapel is off the road and accessed via a footpath 

The chapel dates back to  medieval times though my the 19th century it had become derelict and was replaces in 1863 by a Gothic Revival one designed by architect Joseph Clark  

The gravel path leading past the churchyard

The churchyard with many old graves in

The south side of the chapel

The church yard seems to have graves in older than the church and what looks like and old Preaching cross

The porch and in front the remains of the preaching cross.

The next Church is St Peter in Caversham

The path runs beside the church from St peters Hill

The churchyard is also on a hillside with many old graves.

some in great condition considering their age

Others stand out for people to see.

I wonder about the anchor and chain and though the person had an nautical connection
Last I will take you to Brigtwell-cum-Sotwell a village not far from mine where there are two Churches. They used to be in two separate villages but they joined together to form one.

The first is St Agatha a name I have not come across on a church before, this was the old Brigwell end of the village The building is part stone and b

One of the interesting features about the churchyard is the Cob wall

 It is just a small part  at the west end of the churchyard                                                                                         

But you can see a magnificent tomb chest on the north side of the church.

Looking towards the church from the west end of the churchyard

The path leading past the west side of the church

Some of the graves on the south side
And the porch taking you in the church.

Finally We come to St James  which was at the Sotwell end of the village

The graves in the churchyard seems old and in good conditon

 The churchyard well kept

Ivy covered headstones and angels

The west end of St James

The church is well worth visiting if you happen to be in the village which I might add is a nice place to look round with thatched houses and a pub to stop off for lunch at. I wish you all a good Bank Holiday weekend

St James Church