Sunday, 29 December 2013

St Thomas Goring

I have been to this church before and taken photos but thought it time to revisit. It was the second attempt to visit this church as the previous day I found the battery dead. Some history taken from Wikipedia
"The Church of England parish church of Saint Thomas of Canterbury is Norman, built early in the 12th century. The bell-stage of St. Thomas's bell tower was added in the 15th century  and has a ring of eight bells, one of which dates from 1290. The rood screen is carved from wood taken from HMS Thunderer (1783), one of Nelson's fleet at Trafalgar. The church hall was added in 1901.
A priory of Augustinian nuns was built late in the 12th century with its own priory church adjoining St. Thomas's. The priory survived until the early part of the 16th century when it was suppressed in the Dissolution of the Monasteries and then demolished. The foundations of the priory church, cloister, dormitory, vestry, chapter house and parlour were excavated in 1892."

This is one of the entrances to the church

You walk past the village war memorial which I have always found hard to get a good photo of

The land beyond the wall used to be a priory for Augustine Nuns and was built in the late 12th century and was suppressed in the 16th Century during the dissolution of monastery's  after which is was demolished . Not sure about the houses you see now I thought them as almshouses.
Ahead you see the church of St Thomas of Canterbury to give it's full name

Seeing the whole church is not east with the trees that are in the churchyard. The church is Norman and built in the early 12th century

This is the other entrance footpath. It comes from the main road which is behind me.

 St Thomas looking from the south east side of the churchyard
The belltower was added in the 15th century 
 Here we look down the nave which was reordered a few years ago. I'm not a fan of this happening to churches but you can't say the place does not look like not benefited from the work done as it is light and airy
 The Rood screen you see used to be just behind the pulpit but was mover during the reordering. the marks where it was are still in the wall & floor. The Rood screen is carved from the wood taken from HMS Thunderer which was one of Lord Nelsons Trafalgar fleet

 The photo above was taken a while ago but shows some of the amazing detail on the rood screen 

The trees are from a Christmas tree festival and are dressed but local groups and businesses 
 This is the first nativity scene I have managed to get a photo of
This is the chancel now
Took this a few years ago 
 The chancel window which is one of the few stained glass windows in the church

Some of the decorated Christmas trees. The one on the left is the local scouts and on the right the catholic church which I might add and another beautiful church

Some one might recognise his name here

The Womens Institute banner and a brass memorial you can see in the church

 Found these interesting, especially the top one

Couple more memorials you can see, the left one is the roll of honor from the two wars the one on the right a bit older.

This tomb is in the chancel floor near where the rood screen used to be.

Couple of doors in the church, the left leads to the belltower and the one on the right is called the nuns door and was opened up to allow access to the new hall

The floral display is buy the belltower door

The British legion flags

With the name of one lost

The churchyard is quite large 

and worth a wander round to see the headstones

Even I did not realise it stretched back towards the road past the Lych gate 

The South side also ans many more older graves

I'll end with a couple of more interesting headstones.
Able Seaman B C Towerton served on HMS Victory in Portsmouth which was Lord Nelsons flagship and fought at Trafalgar and is still in service if not afloat. DOWS is listed against his name on a list I found so may explain how he died.

I saw the wreath first then read the name Capt E B B Towse VC you can read about him in the link. This was the fist VC I had come across in a churchyard

I hope you all have a Happy New Year.
Taking part in Taphophile tragics & Cemetery Sunday

Friday, 27 December 2013

St Michael & All Angels Steventon

St Michael & All Angels in Steventon is a long way from what is the center of the village but I must say it is worth the effort of visiting. I was on a mission that day and had just visited Harwell church which I will post at another date. These photos were taken hand held and not with a tripod like  usually do so some may be a bit out of focus

 The church from the entrance gate

This is the north side of the church, you enter round the other side.

A few of the older headstones

and a preaching cross.

From the west end lookng across the churchyard

West end with the bell tower on the south side

Here you can see you enter through the door in the belltower

and on the buttresses you can see the remains of a couple of sundials 

 Interesting little memorial to
Thomas Stevens 
Thomas Lyford

Inside you can see an old carved stone font and a wonderful looking chancel

The altar and chancel widow which is quite something

The organ is hidden behind a rood screen

Choir cassocks hanging on their pegs
and a list of benefactors

Think the poor were hungry if they only got bread once a year

Some of the wall memorials in the church

Memorial tiles in the floor

Considering the age of this grave it's in remarkable condition

These brasses are probably even older

These church pews are old if the graffiti is any thing to go by

I wonder who R:D L was and did  he get his ear clipped for his work. Have a great Sunday