Walk along the Ridgeway path through Oxfordshire and you will pass through a small place called Swyncome and pass by a small 11th century church called St Botoph
The church is set back off a country road beside Swyncome House.
I came here to find a war grave I had heard about but was taken back by the setting the church was in.
The churchyard did have a lot of headstones in it which looked old. People had just come out of the church after the Sunday service so I took the opportunity to go inside for some photos.
On entering the church you will be greeted with this view
Going through the rood screen you will see the Chancel
Looking back from the rood screen along the nave.
Here you can see the curved wall and ceiling which are painted.
You can see some stunning stained glass widows and memorials to past rectors of the church.
A superb carving on one of the choir stalls in the chancel
and if you look by the window nearby you can see a photo of the church before the rood screen was built.
Back in the nave I was shown this window which was in memory of Alfred Taylor and his wife Lizzie
If you look at the back wall of the nave, high up you can see a window with some very old stained glass in.
You can see the stone font at the back and displays of flowers as well
Outside the churchyard is well kept
With the odd headstone slowly sinking out of site
Some headstones are being snagged by ivy
some getting covered in lichen
You can even find some old ones in very good condition
Some others lost in ivy
But it's worth a wander round looking a the inscriptions.
The headstone I came to visit is to Sergeant J.H.Barnett buried at St Botolph Swyncome. The plane he was gunner in crashed nearby and the pilot escaped to give the alarm. The gunner was trapped unconscious in the turret and the plane was on fire. A local laborer tried in earnest to free him but to no avail. He lies at the east end of the church. After looking on the Commonwealth War Graves website I found out he was the Son of Frank Henry and Alice Louise Barnett, of Swyncombe. I suspect their grave is behind his.
It seems a strange twist of fate he died just outside the village. RIP.