On Friday September 16th we decided on a self-guided tour of the Jericho area of Oxford. This day was a student open day at all the Oxford colleges so none of the colleges were open to general visitors only to perspective students and their families.
We walked north from our apartment and followed Walking Oxford, a worthwhile book of walking tours that we purchased before traveling to Oxford.
St Barnabas Jericho is a fine Victorian Basilica-style Church in west Oxford, built in 1869.
Inside, the church is very beautiful with wall panels in the eastern apse depicting Christ in Majesty above the 12 Apostles. On the other walls, panels feature the animals mentioned in the Book of Revelation, chapter 4.
The High Altar is higher than the nave and is reached by nine steps and has a delicately ornate gilded ciborium over it.
The intricately decorated Walnut pulpit was donated in 1887.
On the North Nave wall of the church I was taken in by these panels which I will show in more detail.
The murals on the north wall of the nave represent Te Deum laudamus, (Latin: “God, We Praise You” ) and are made of cut glass using the “opus sectile” technique.
We Praise Thee O God
We Acknowledge Thee To Be the Lord
All the Earth Doth Worship Thee ~ The Father Everlasting ~ To Thee All Angels Cry Aloud ~ The Heavens and All the Powers ~ Therein to Thee Cherubim and Seraphim Continually Do Cry ~ We Praise Thee O God Throughout All the World.
We Praise Thee O God ~ The Noble Army of Martyrs
We Praise Thee O God ~ The Goodly Fellowship of the Prophets
We Praise Thee O God ~ The Glorious Company of the Apostles
Praise The Powers ~ We Praise Thee ~ The Angels
Praise ~The Powers ~ We Praise Thee ~ Cherubin and Seraphin
They never completed the South wall because they ran out of money.
We were in Oxford during the grieving period for Queen Elizabeth II.
We left the church and continued walking north and made our way to the path along the Oxford Canal on to Walton Well Rd. We crossed the Walton Well Bridge which connected us to Walton Road.
On the way to the canal we passed Old Bookbinders and it was still too early to enjoy a refreshment there.
Along Walton Well Rd. were a group of terrace residences nos 11-25 which included these finely carved scenes from the life of Elijah on the arches above the first floor windows, with the prophet being fed by ravens at one end of the terrace and whisked up to heaven at the other.
After we turned south on to Walton Road we came to the entrance to St. Sepulchre’s Cemetery.
We spent some time here poking around and then it was time to move on to wet our whistle.
We thought we were ready for some Fish and Chips, too. We stopped at the Jericho Tavern, no fish and chips. We stopped at Jude the Obscure, no fish and chips.
We decided to head further south and east taking Little Clarendon St. where we discovered the wonderful Gail’s Bakery and bought a couple goodies to enjoy later. We were still on our quest for Fish and Chips.
We found the Lamb and Flag where The Inklings (C.S. Lewis/Tolkien) were known to frequent off St. Giles but alas it was closed for renovations. Bird and Baby or Eagle and Child has been closed for 2 years and there were no signs of renovations when we walked past.
Our Fish and Chips hunt was becoming a real challenge. Walking along St. Giles we popped into The Randolph and sat down in the Alice dining room.
After being ignored for well over our usual tolerance level we walked out and continued our quest along George St. and tried the Wig and Pen and to our dismay they were out of Fish and Chips, too.
At this point we decided to go back to Broad and head over to our fast becoming favorite The Turf Tavern.
We sat at table #1 and waited for our Fish and Chips because they had not run out!
Cheers from the Turf Tavern! The end of a long walking day in Oxford overrun by prospective students and their parents who all decided to eat up the Fish and Chips! Thankfully they didn’t all try to find the Turf Tavern tucked away from the main streets of town.
Back to the present. Today begins the week of Thanksgiving here in the U.S.A. Thursday is Thanksgiving Day. We are looking forward to all of our kids being together. The west siders arrive on Thursday and Friday. Thanksgiving day we will be at our Colville kids’ home for our Thanksgiving meal. Friday and Saturday we’ll spend time at our country bungalow all together. We will be counting our blessings together.
World Cup started yesterday and our TV service is set to record all the games. I’m a huge soccer fan. The USA has two of our Seattle Sounders on the roster. The team from Ecuador has one of our players and the team from Cameroon has one of our players, also.
Hope all is well in your corner of the world and you all recount the things you can be thankful for!