Saturday, 14 September 2013

Lewknor Church

This was a second visit to St Margaret's Church in Lewknor. The first time was a quick look and a few photos as I had not come prepared with a tripod and was in a hurry. The memorials I had seen made a return visit a must.

St Margaret's Church Leknor

As you walk in the church from the porch you are greeted with a view of this chapel

On your right you can see this wonderful old carved stone font.

Walk into the nave and look to the back and you can see a wooden screen leading to the bell ropes with a superb stained glass window above.
Here we look along the nave towards the Chancel. Taking this taxed me and I had to play with the exposure to show the detail.

Going to the chancel you will find has some wonderful memorials

The altar and chancel window
The superb looking chancel window you can see in St Margaret's Church
 Just before you get to the chancel you will find a a chapel off to the side  where if you open the doors and go in you will see this
magnificent memorial which is on a vault holding the remains of the reverend Sir Edward
Jodrell and his wife and some other members of the family

look round the chapel and you can see other memorials to the family as well.

The memorials are mostly written in Latin and as I can't read it I could not tell you what it says.

These are the wrought iron gates which are inside the chapel and outside you can see this carved pulpit with an irond banded trunk at it's base.

This little bot of historical local interest can be seen on the iron bound chest in the photo of the pulpit and tells of Adrian Scrope who was off this parish and executed in 1660

Head back in the chancel and you can see some more great memorials and some interesting tombs 

Memorial to Ronald Owen Hall
Bishop of Hong Kong

The wall memorials are quite stunning along with the stained glass windows
A name I think most people will recognise

This tomb effigy was hidden behind one of the choir stalls

You can see these tomb effigies as you walk in the chancel 

the carving and detail on them is superb.

They look as though they were painted at some stage

The carvings can be seen at the feet of on one of the tombs

though i could not be sure if they were off the tomb

What you cant see on the tombs

are these panels which are hidden behind the choir stall
along with this carving.

The organ in the nave is not over large like others I have seen and if you look up in the chancel ceiling you can see some great head stops

This one I found quite interesting

On the nave wall you will see the village memorial to the dead from the first war

Going outside much of the churchyard is overgrown which seems to be the norm in a lot of churchyards

If it is like our local churchyard it is to encourage wildlife 

Parts though are still free of growth though ivy still has its way

Round the north side of the churchyard it is well covered in grass

loosing some of the headstones almost from view.


The north side of St Margaret's Church 

David Watt's grave

Have a peaceful Sunday


  1. It is interesting to see the 'dress' on those effigies.

    1. I though the detail was amazing even on the older one.

  2. Bishop of Hong Kong, how interesting. Wonderful pictures.

    Thank you for linking up with Cemetery Sunday

    Beneath Thy Feet

    1. Yes that was a supprse for me, never though there was a bishop of Hong Kong

  3. A very interesting historical place Bill. I just don't understand why they are not maintaining these cemeteries. I hope that this is not because of a lack of respect...

    Greetings from the Netherlands,

    1. At our local cemetery there is an area were the older graves are that is left like that to encourage wildflowers and insects to flourish. This may be the same with other churchyards and it helps keep the cost of cutting it down though the grass is cut a couple of times a year. I see it happeneing more and more in the churches I visit.

    2. Well, it is photogenic, that's for sure ;-)

  4. Bill, as always, a wonderful set of photos! Thanks very much for sharing on Taphophile Tragics. :)

  5. Such a shame to see the churchyards that are not cared for.

    Thanks again for sharing. Always worth a visit.

    1. They are it's just they don't look that way