Alvescot, Black Bourton and Brize Norton

 

The award winning Plough Inn at Alvescot.

 

 

Inside the Plough.  Great setting, superb food and fantastic staff (especially Anthony the owner's son, and Annie)

 

The well stocked bar

 

Some of the pub's awards.

 

More like an antique shop!

 

An amazing array of flowers outside.  These are very time consuming to keep looking like this.

 

 

On the other hand, I take little or no upkeep!

 

More shots of the outside

 

 

 

 

 

Even the rear is superb. 

 

Another Plough! 

 

Good grief!  They're breeding!  This one's in Kelmscott, home of the Victorian designer William Morris

 

Uh oh.  I think I'm lost!  I somehow ended up at the back entrance to Brize Norton, Ministry of Defence airbase. 

 

Shots of VC10's, one of our primary radar defence aircraft.

 

 

 

 

Affectionately known as a "Pillbox" this is a remnant of the Second World War.  Inside this would sit a member of the armed forces with a machine gun.

 

It suddenly dawned on me that they might think I'm a spy so I left - rapidly!

 

Just a typical English cottage

 

And a typical English hotel.

 

Next to a typical English church - St Mary the Virgin in Black Bourton, Oxfordshire.  Founded in 1150 it houses some of the finest medieval wall paintings in the country.

The tower is modern.  Around 1500.  Well modern for England! 

 

 

The Norman door

Gargoyles

 

 

The graveyard.  Interesting that no-one was buried here before 1581.  It was a requirement that all burials before that date were to be at the Mother church of Bampton.

 

The nave, built in 1190

 

As was the font.

 

 

The recumbent effigy of Elinor Hungerford who died in 1591.  

 

 

 

 

 

Graves of various Hungerfords.

 

 

 

 

Various wall paintings dating from about 1250-1275

 

 

The crowning of the Virgin

 

 

Baptism of Christ.

 

 

 

St Richard of Chichester (above).

Adoration of the Magi (below) 

 

Two Bishops

 

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