Saturday, 9 April 2016

At Andrews Tichborne

St Andrews Church in Tichbourne was the last of the churches I visited on the Saturday and was a little gem. I have not know what to expect but on walking in the door it far exceed my expectations The information here comes straight out of Wikipedia
The Church of England parish church of Saint Andrew has an 11th-century Saxo-Norman chancel that combines characteristically Saxon double-splayed windows with Norman flat buttresses and has reached Grade I listed status. The nave and two-bay arcades are Early English Gothic. The north aisle is now railed off to form the Tichborne Chapel, with monuments to members of the manorial family. The west tower was added in 1703 and is built of blue and red brick. It has a ring of six bells cast between 1737 and 1887.
This is going to be another of those sit down with a coffee blogs

St Andrews as you walk up the Churchyard Path

The belltower which was added in 1703

Heading round to the north side

Another view of the north side looking towards the Tichbourne Chapel

I took this after I went round the church and shows the belltower but the thing of interest is the blocked window and half, they gave light to a rood loft which I will show when we get inside

I failed to get any views of the south side as there was no room to stand  back for a good view so I went in the church and this is the first view you get
 At  the back of the South Aisle you can see this old font which is six sided

nearby is the Toll of Honour for the fallen of Tichbourne 

Looking over into the nave from the South Aisle you can see the church is full of box pews and on the far side the Tichbourne Chapel

 You get a better view of them here looking down the nave to the Chancel

 Which if you read the first bit is Saxo-Norman, you can see the Saxon windows either side

The altar is quite simple though I did have problems with the light

Behind which you can see this picture of the last supper, did I tell you it is embroidered 

 Here we  look back out of the Chancel to the Nave

In the nave along the aisle is this tome of Thomas King

View out of the pulpit 

Looking across to the north aisle and entrance

Coat of arms of George II on the right and to the left a memorial to William Mosley Dawson

St Andrews has some fine  funerary hatchment's on show

Looking out of the nave you see three 

along wall in the Tichbourne Chapel, I might add there add there are two more out of sight I did not know of when I took these photo's

Now for the good bit. The Tichbourne chapel is in it's own fenced off area which I showed in an earlier photo, this photo in taken through the open gate leading to the chapel. The tomb from 1621 you see here is to Sir Benjamin Tichbourne and his wife Ammphyllis

I'm sure it is a good likeness of them

I took a few photos of the work on the tomb

and the inscription

Coat of arms

There is another like this the other end of the tomb
Kneeling under the effigies are their children

Another smaller memorial to Roger Robert Tichborne

Here we look West along the chapel where on the floor you can see this brass

wich is in Englsh though not easy to read

memorial to Sir Joseph Henry Bernard Doughty Tichborne

These are the
two funerary hatchment's which are on either end of the chapel

This is thought to be the original tudor altar

Along from wall you can see this tomb effigy of Richard Tichbourne who lives 18 months and died in 1619

Quite an amazing effigy

At the West end is another marble topped memorial to Henry Tichbourne Doughty

One to Sir Henry Alfred Joseph Doughty

The memorial on the left is to Sir Henry Joseph Tichbourne Bart  while the one to the right is to Elizabeth Doughty

I have to admit these are the shortest legged chairs I've come across

I used flash here with shows the chandalear up well

The door on the right must lead to a rood loft as youcan see the exit above

Remember the earlier photo of the window & a half well this is the other side showing two windows, one must hav elet light into the rood loft

More modern stained glass

The pulpit is very simple as is the lectern

The pews had simple carvings on them

As does this prayer bench.
On the right is the South
Aisle, you can find the church font at the back of it behind where I am stood.

Back outside and you see the churchyard on the south side, the fence here is the boundary

Looking up at the west end of the churchyard where more recent burials now occur

The north side of the churchyard has the older headstons dateing to the 1700's from the look of the headstones

There are a number of double headstones like this

and a whole row of them on tombs loke thses with footstones

The whole churchyard looks relitivle unchanged

on of the graves under a yew tree

Headstones of various designs

Part of the north side Churchyard

Four small stones from graves

Wooden cross in the churchyard

Primroses and snowdrops now past.
Have a good Weekend


  1. I just discovered your blog and found this really interesting, thanks for sharing! What a beautifully preserved church. It almost looks as though it has been under a spell for centuries, protected by the faith of its founders.

  2. Thanks for the virtual tour Bill, it's all so interesting.
    I feel as though I've actually been there!
    The coffee idea was my case it's ginger tea!

    Enjoy your week....

  3. such a massage bell tower. is it built of brick and stone?

  4. So magnificent on the inside! Thanks for the tour!

  5. Fascinating! I must say, it is really time for me to visit the United Kingdom and have a look around.
    Box pews, another thing I've never seen.
    Thanks for this great tour/lesson.

  6. A wonderful rustic cathedral or church.
    Best regards, Synnöve