Church Photography

St George, St Andrew’s Church, Holt, Norfolk

While visiting St Andrew’s Church in Holt, Norfolk, I found this splendid St George stained glass window.  At the bottom of the window you can see a little of the dragon, with a couple of claws, or maybe teeth.

A nice one for my St George Series.

St Lukes’s Church, Broughton Sulney, Nottinghamshire & Belvoir Angels

In May 2015, we were travelling through Nottinghamshire, I can’t remember why, the reason is now lost in the mist of time, when I suddenly shouted stop, now I do remember that.  I had seem a wonderful honey golden ironstone church, St Luke’s the parish church for Broughton Sulney, the time was late but, when would we ever pass this way again.  Of course husband stopped and out I jumped, I knew it would be closed, but some exterior photos would be ok.  Before I even got to the door of the church I stopped in amazement, there were ‘Belvoir’ angel headstones everywhere.  

I love coming across these headstones and took my photos quickly before the light faded.  

A little history ………The Belvoir Angel is a motif local to the Vale of Belvoir (Beever) and the Framland, in the East Midlands, carved in slate in the late 1600’s and first part of the 18th century. Usually found immaculately preserved on small slate headstones, it speaks of the blessing of God at the time of passing from the earthly to the heavenly state, with a protective angelic covering.  A typical Belvoir Angel design is a winged angel face on a Swithland slate headstone found in the district, named after the Vale of Belvoir, in the East Midlands.




After the angel photo shot, I did try the door, just in case, but it was closed, although I’m glad I entered the porch, because I found a wonderful fragment of a tympanum, but it wasn’t until I did a little research, I found out it could be Norman.

 I have added a little history about the church, although not much, as it is being researched at the moment.

Luke’s is a small village church built of brown ironstone and has a heavily weathered appearance. There is no mention in Domesday Book of a church here but there is evidence in the porch for a Norman building in the form of a fragmentary tympanum with a crude figure in the right-hand corner.  There were originally two aisles but the south was demolished when the porch was constructed in 1733. However, one bay of this aisle survives, built into the wall, giving a date of c1200. The north arcade is of the 13th century though the rest of the aisle was rebuilt in 1855, as was the chancel. The west tower is also of the 13th century. There is a 14th century font with some carved tracery. In the churchyard are many fine 18th century slate head stones, typical of the ‘Belvoir’ school of carving.

May 2015

Two Americans in Norfolk


The two Americans….. are my niece and her husband, we attended their wedding in 2015 in the US, and some of you might remember, I posted photos of their wedding.  They came to stay overnight in April 2016, they were doing the rounds, visiting relations and friends in the UK.  My daughter and family came to visit at the same time, and we went on a family day out.  I am so late in posting this, but better late, than never……. I hope anyway 🙂  We headed to the North Norfolk Coast, it’s a bit difficult to show off where you live in one day, but at least the weather was good to us.  We stopped at Burnham Market first, and had a look around a Norfolk Village, before it got busy.  Then we made our way to Wells-next-the-Sea and had a fish and chip dinner, and a go on the slot machines.

St Mary’s Church, Chidham, West Sussex

A few weeks ago in August 2017, we visited a few churches in Hampshire and West Sussex.  They were all, what I call country churches, lovely and small, sometimes very plain, but all different and all were  open……which pleased me no end.  In St Mary’s Church in Chidham, West Sussex, were the remains of wedding flowers, the smell was wonderful, its amazing how even a small vase of flowers, will fill a church of sweet smells.  

The church was most likely built in the early 13th century, it was first suggested 1210 as the date of construction.  This is supported by the architecture of the lancet windows on the north and south side of the chancel which are classic early 13th century.

During the Reformation which swept away the Rood Screen, it is thought that the old stone font was hidden away under the floor of the nave.  There the font remained, until it was accidentally discovered when major works were carried out in the 19th century.  It was hoped it was of Saxon stonework, but as the Domesday Book does not mention a church, the trail goes cold.

I have posted some of the photos and paintings that I found inside the church.  Sometimes they can tell you a little extra, and its lovely to see have the church has evolved over the years.

There are a few pieces of nice stained glass, and one lovely coloured modern window which was to celebrated the 800th anniversary of the church.

The stone work of the church indicates that the stones came from different stone quarries. Caen, Bembridge, Cocking, Lavent and some were even purloined from Roman walls of Chichester. 


The Glory of Albi, South of France

Today 15.09.17, we arrived in Albi in the South of France, and I have managed to download a couple of photos.  This is the view of the cathedral from the window where we are staying and of course it was straight there to have a look and I have downloaded one interior photo so you have an idea of what we saw.  Tomorrow all the public buildings in France are free of charge which we didn’t know about, so as we have a whole day in Albi, we are going to be very busy, much to husbands amusement 🙂  More to follow when we get home.

St Leonards Church, Bursledon, Hampshire

Today 13.09.17, in the South of France, it was another beautiful hot day.  We went along the coast to Nice and Monaco, visited a few places on the coast and then popped over to Italy, and then made our way up into the French Alps.  Found a lovely Alpine Town with a wonderful church, which I will post about when the laptop is better.  So, as I can’t post about the lovely churches I have visited in France, I found an English one that I can.

St Leonards Church is in Bursledon, a village in Hampshire, on the south coast of England.  We were visiting Hampshire back in July and on the way home stopped for something to eat in Bursledon, when I noticed the church.  It was about 7.00 pm, so I knew it would be locked, but it’s such a pretty church I took photos anyway, as goodness knows when we will be passing again.  

A little history…..

The church in Bursledon can trace its history back to the last half of the twelfth century.

All churches can be given a ‘date’ by the styles of architecture they contain: St. Leonard’s has features that seem to confirm that it was indeed founded in the later twelfth century. The simple elegance of the Chancel Arch, dividing the nave from the raised area at the east end of the church, is of early English style and can be dated to 1190-1300. The font is perhaps earlier and, although unfinished and retooled in places, it is of transitional style dateable to 1160-1190.

The blocked doorways in the nave, presumably once the main access points for monks and congregation before the Victorian extension, date to the twelfth and thirteenth centuries. The small lancet window in the chancel, although restored in 1888-9 is of a thirteenth-century design.

In the 1830′s St. Leonard’s had two transepts added, making a cross-shaped church in plan. However, these proved unsatisfactory and in 1888-9 the church was extensively re-modelled. There is a brass plaque in the nave detailing the work that the architect, John Sedding, carried out. It seems that Sedding kept what was best about the old church and sensitively extended the nave and replaced the transepts, to accommodate the growing population of Bursledon.




A Postcard from Hayling Island, Hampshire, England

At the moment we are in France, but my laptop has decided it will not down load any new photos, so old photos will have to do.  The weather is an assortment of sunshine and rain……well we are use to that in the UK, but it is going to get hotter the further south we go…..hopefully.  We are in Epernay which is in Champagne region and of course we had to have a taster, which was very nice.  We have also visited ‘The Notre-Dame Church’ not that old, but still very beautiful with some wonderful gargoyles.  

Returning to the photos, we visited Hayling Island in July, 2017, the island is somewhere that my mother use to take my brother and I, for lots of seaside visits, and then my daughter when she was small.  We lived in Portsmouth, which is on another island, Portsea Island, although no one calls it that anymore.  The beach, Southsea on Portsea, is pebbles, but on Hayling Island, which is the next island along, there use to be sand dues and thats why my mother took us on the short boat trip to visit them.  The photo of the long road bridge is the only way onto the island by car and the view you see from the beach is another island, the Isle of Wight.  

There use to be a railway bridge onto the island, but as you can see from the photo this is all that is left of it now.  I have add an old railway map of Hayling and Portsea, so you can see how close they are, but Portsea is now connected, I think, by five bridges, although I can remember when it was only one.