Much history of the church and of the photos I’m sharing can be found here.
The church was built during the reign of Henry II (1154-1189) as a chapel of ease so that local people, including members of the royal court, did not have to travel to the parish church at nearby Bladon to worship.
Later in the 13th century the church was enlarged and a bell tower and burial ground were added.
The only parts of that original chapel of ease to survive are a section on the south nave wall and a beautifully carved round-headed 12th-century doorway set into the south wall. The doorway is carved with two orders of traditional Norman zig-zag pattern separated by moulding. Unusually, the zig-zag carving extends all the way to the ground.
The above photo is of that ancient door from the outside and below from the inside.
Separating the church porch from the nave is a wooden screen, carved in the early 16th century. The screen was originally installed in the traditional place between the nave and chancel, but was moved to the west end of the nave in 1999 to make the high altar more easily visible.
This flying eagle lectern is like several others I’ve seen in churches in Great Britain. I think they are so cool.
The superb column capitals on the south nave arcade are one of the church’s best features. There are 23 carved heads incorporated into the design of the capitals, interspersed with foliage.
Each capital is different and the heads are all unique.
All of the stained glass is Victorian.
The angels at the top have banners that read: Let us love one another ~ For love is of God.
Jesus saith unto her, Thy brother shall rise again.
Over 200 kneelers are in this church of which I photographed quite a few. That will be another post.
Inching along to complete posts about our last few days in Oxfordshire in September of 2022.
Back to the present here in the U. S. of A. Yesterday, Friday February 10th, we traveled to Spokane to do some shopping at places we do not have here in Colville. After our stops at Home Depot, T.J.Maxx, Costco, Hobby Lobby, and Trader Joe’s we tried a new to us Chinese Restaurant called the Red Dragon. We had the best Hot and Sour soup and some good potstickers. After we ate we made one more stop at Fred Meyer before we headed home.
Happy Saturday to you.