Saturday, October 17, 2009
Friday, October 16, 2009
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
St John at Llanwarne, only to get home and discover that almost opposite (SW) of the ruins is the replacement Victorian church above the road. Although Madley was my last intended church, I passed the turning for Llanwarne on the way home and detoured to find Christ Church and indeed it was open. It is sizeable, cruciform with an E apse and dates from 1864. The steeple over the north porch is quite fun, and inside the two nave south windows have many C17 Netherlands glass roundels. Some minor memorials were transferred to the new church along with a C17 chest and C17 font with acanthus leaves decoration probably from St John's, as there is also a second C19 font.
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
I was still at school in 1972 and made a bad mistake of walking out from Hereford to see the abbey. It took so long I was so worried about getting back for my train home that I had to rush round the church . However sensing my "distress" a friendly monk chatted to me in the church, invited me to the refectory for a cup of tea and cake before taking me in his old car to the station well in time for my train home. Acts of unexpected kindness like this have remained with me over the years.
Monday, October 12, 2009
Sunday, October 11, 2009
This is the second picture I took, this one without the car which pulled up and parked outside directly in my intended shot for the first one. The lady and her daughter had turned up with some boxes to place in store with some of her furniture and had the keys to the church and the schoolroom next door. Or so they thought. She had to drive off again to fetch them but was happy to let me see inside both buildings. No features survive inside apart from one pew, which may not come from here, and one wall memorial.
Still - what are the chances of that eh? Spooky. So all churches tried, all churches accessed. A very good ChurchCrawl.
When I came out to the car I discovered a bus waiting blocking the road, or so I thought. Actually it was me blocking the bus because of where I had parked as it could not turn the sharp corner. I drove away sharpish!
Note - Pevsner and the church spell the village Moorlynch, whereas the local road signs and officialdom (English Heritage) use Moorlinch.
The dedication of the church has been lost over time and much of the detail belongs to a heavy Victorian restoration and enlargement. Bellcote with two bells over the chancel arch.
Friday, October 09, 2009
Apparently once the work on the floor and the organ is completed, phase two will begin, which is a complete restoration of the "Town Hall" porch. Close inspection of the exterior reveals the extent of erosion of the details, not evident in distant views. So the porch is likely to disappear from view for a period of time, as did the top of church tower at the start of the restoration programme which is likely to cost £6M.
Friday, October 02, 2009
The church uses the former Unitarian church Sunday schools, the church itself having been demlished in the 1980s.
Strange twin Gothic facades, and of course locked.
Viewed through a locked gate, one that does not seem to have been opened for ages.
It is not a previous church but the schoolroom. The church used to be called The Tabernacle, and most books use this name.
Trowbridge is not alone here, as the same I found applies to the churches at Bradford on Avon Chippenham, Corsham and Melksham, all fairly nearby. However BoA Chippenham and Corsham publicise some limited opening times in the mornings or weekends and there was a phone number at Melksham, but here at St James in Trowbridge nothing. Shameful.