Saturday, 29 March 2014

St Mary's Upton

This is a church I visited many years ago but at the time I could not visit the inside as the church was locked. It is not a big church by any standards but it does have some history dating back to the 12th century. The present church was restored around 1885. The village comprises of around 170 houses and at one time had it's own railway station until Beaching waved his axe.

You enter the churchyard through a pair of gates in the corner of the churchyard

though most of the view is obscured by yew trees
 but when you clear them you see a wonderful little church

It does have a bell tower though I thing it only has a couple of bells in it

Looking from the chancel end you can see it has three windows

and at one time three crosses but I think the chancel one has fallen off

 Going inside you can see the church is old 
 especially when you see the chancel arch which still has some of its 12century carvings on it

The 12 century arch

The chancel with the priests  chair in the centre

Look back down the nave to the west end of the church

A memorial to one of the rectors is on the chancel wall

 There are no stained glass windows in the church but I did like this one which I think is 12century

This the outside of the window

The pulpit also serves as the village war memorial listing the dead of the two wars on it.

The font has iron straps on it to keep it together

and of course it has a small organ at the back

plus what looks like a very old chest

The churchyard has many old headstones

many which date back over 100 years

                                                                       Like this one

that belongs to Fanny Jane Humpfrey who dies age 4

On the east end of the church you can see more headstones

like these two

A bit further along is the new cemetery for the village which is well worth looking round 
 as you can see interesting headstones like this belonging to Author & Journalist Richard Seymour Hall
I'll leave you with this shot of the Manfield family graves with the church in the background.
Have a peaceful Sunday


  1. Lovely church. I love the Norman arch and I think this is a "first" for a font - with iron straps. Usually the problem with old fonts seems to have been that they were chucked out and rediscovered feeding the cows somewhere before being restored to the church. But it is somehow wonderful that they valued this font so much that they repaired it rather than getting a new one, and interesting too that the Victorians left it alone.

  2. Another absolutely fascinating post!
    In comparison everything in the U.S. is so young. «Louis» had to stop and ponder for a moment what is must have been like to attend service in this church in the 12th century.

    «Louis» posted St. Dominic's, San Francisco for inSPIREd Sunday, a youngster in comparison as it was largely completed in 1928.

  3. i love the arches & those old windows. you really do have some great beauties to share with us. thanks!! ( ;

  4. That's a wonderful looking church and a really great tour. You certainly give a feel for the place. The tombstones seem in remarkably good nick!