Saturday, 20 August 2016

Botley Cemetery

I visited this cemetery a number of years ago when I was having my car serviced. On my way home from work I had passed it many times and always wondered what the place was like. This is one of four cemetery's which burials still take place, so far I have been to three of them. There also are another couple no longer in use like Osney Cemetery near Oxford Station

The entrance to Botley Cemetery

After going past the gatehouse you are soon into the cemetery 

and not far away is the chapel which is used for services, the building on the left was most likely the mortuary when the site first opened, I think the gardeners use it now

View of the whole chapel

Did not realise I had a photo of a black traffic cone

Looking along a line of trees showing parts of the cemetery which are unused

This is the Sands memorial for this cemetery, the others I visited have them as well

I might add it stands near and are where there are a lot of Children's graves

The cemetery on the whole

does not have that many large impressive Memorials              

like other cemetery's I have been to
There are mostly headstones crosses and smaller memorials

Not long after taking a photo of the coved cross I visited the Commonwealth War Graves

I had see  it from the A34 when we drove past many times

But I was not prepared  for so many graves, I might add it was the first large War Grave Cemetery I had visited

I found it very hard to comprehend at first

The cross of Victory and memorial wall with so many wreaths

Young men from different part of the commonwealth are buried here

This arbour holds the list of men and women buried at the cemetery 

They are not only from the commonwealth, the graves above were our enemy but given the same honour of laying alongside those they fought

different countrymen laying side by side together in death

I left felling very humble and privileged to have spend a few moments walking round the cemetery with then. RIP

I walked back through the rest of the cemetery looking at the odd grave with the headstone laid down

and angel watching over the dead

and with a final look left thinking I may well pop back again someday for another look around.

Have a peaceful Weekend

Saturday, 13 August 2016

St Agatha Brightwell

St Agatha is one of only four churches dedicated to this saint in the UK. It  was built in 1153 by the Bishop of Winchester, Henri de Blois and illustrates various architectural styles which have occurred over the last nine centuries. The only visible bit remaining of the original small Norman church is the south doorway. The tower, rebuilt of brick in 1797 after the original collapsed with its six bells, now houses eight bells. This history came from Oxfordshire Historic Churches Website 

Above the first view of St Agatha along the path leading to the church

Couple of different views of the tower where you can see it is a lot different to the rest of the church

This shot shows some of the older windows that let in light above the south aisle

Along the north side of the churchyard

another north side view

The whole of the north side of St Agatha

 Quite an old rose bush near the porch

This tomb is rather unique in that the arches are fronted by glass , I've not seen another like it

Looking back east along the churchyard


and the far corners of the churchyard

Round the west end are more headstones which are older

some which are a little overgrown

and other even more being covered in Ivy

One of the original churchyard walls which is made of Cob, something which you don't see much of

This was taken back in 2010 and shows the cob wall with thatch on and in a reasonable condition

when I looked at it this time it was badly cracked

Just about the far west end of the churchyard

This is the south side of the churchyard

where on the south side they have built an extension

Some older headstones

more from under the shade of the trees

One tomb still standing with slabs from another lent against it

This part has not changed much since this one I took in 2010

The South side looks a little different though

Because you can see the Saxon door with the scratch sundial

The whole side looks a lot different

The tomb which is now in a corner and a corner in the West end of the churchyard

Above is a view you see along the nave  with North & South aisles either side. On the right the chancel


Looking back along the nave from he chancel

The altar with chancel window behind

Closer view of the altar and the chancel window

The altar cross & candle holders on the window sill

On the right of the chancel are these recesses

The choir stalls in the chancel

The choir stalls on the right side with prayer desk on the end

One of the candle holders in the church and the church organ

the choir stalls in front of the organ

Candelabra with electric lights in

The pulpit with steps leading to it

and the view you get of the nave from it

The South aisle which had a new altar under the main window

The window must really shine in the morning sun

Over to the right is a new stained glass window that lets colourful light in

At the bottom you can read the dedication and on the wall is a plaque giving the details behind it

There are memorial on the walls but the more interesting one is on the right dated 1642

Memorial to Frederick Kiddle a past rector

looking across to the back of the South Aisle

Inside the tower with it's charity plaques and bell ringing commemorations

Pained bannor in the tower

Another commemoration on the entrance to the nave

The Roll of honour for the village of Brightwell

At one time the church had a rood screen and loft because you can see the stairs that would have lead to it

The obligatory kneelers with the churches name

On the left is the North aisle which is used more for community use as a church room. Flowers by the altar always look good

Sun reflecting in through a window in the South Aisle

The church font  and  Coat of Arms

Last view across the nave

I'll leave you with a flower display near the Chancel Arch
Do have a pleasant weekend