Highworth, the Jesmond and Stanton Fitzwarren

 

 

Highworth - St Michael's 13th century church

 

 

Looking down Sheep street from the church.

 

 

 

St Michael's main door.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The church was sadly locked so off to Stanton Fitzwarren, a lovely village 2 miles away with a population of 215

 

 

 

The parish church of St Leonard, founded in 1050

 

 

Unusual dormer window

 

 

 

Unusually ornate porch.

 

 

Obviously not rude to stick your tongue out in those days!

 

 

 

Getting a bit long in the tooth?

 

 

This church was locked too, but I knew who had the key!  I took this as I parked in the drive of the key holder. 

 

 

Finally!  The interior of the church, famed for its wood carvings

 

 

 

And its stone carvings

 

 

 

 

 

The Saxon font of 1170,  probably the finest example of its type in the country.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Remains of a pinnacle that was felled by the steel trailing wire of a stray barrage balloon in the second world war.

 

 

1667 memorial plaque of one of the church's benefactors.

 

 

Much of the carving was done by Canon Masters during his 34 years as vicar here. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Victorian tiled floor

 

 

 

The quality of Reverend Master's carvings was remarkable.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Evidence of a medieval sundial

 

 

 

This is actually the 14th century window that was for some reason transplanted across the lake.

 

 

 

Back to Highworth where I live.

 

 

Those black iron objects are Victorian boot scrapers

 

 

Highworth High street

 

 

I snapped this one of Lisa as the flowers I sent her for looking after my Range Rover were delivered.  I think she was pleased! 

 

 

 

The Jesmond hotel owned by Lisa with her and my Range Rover outside. 

 

 

End of another great day.  Sunset from outside my place.

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