Friday, 13 March 2015

John Piper Chiltern Churches

We've been zooming round the Chilterns today in search of some more John Piper stained glass windows.  Piper was born in 1903 and died in 1992, he's an artist and printmaker as well as designing stained glass windows which he did in partnership with Patrick Reyntiens.  See my other post here.

First stop - St Mary's church Fawley, which is about 800 years old.

 John Piper is buried in the churchyard and used to live in Fawley.

This is the Piper window depicting the tree of life in memory of Anthony Hartley

Not Piper

Onto Turville next, which is the filming location for the Vicar of Dibley and also has a windmill used in the film Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.  The church of St Mary was started in 1228. Piper's window commemorates St. Saviour's church in Turville Heath which closed in 1972.

Pishill was next on the agenda. The dedication of the church is unknown but it is an unusual t-shape. It is very close to Stonor Park.

This is the Piper window, the sword is a deep red colour but my photo makes it look gold as the sun was streaming in.

Not Piper

Not Piper

The last church we popped into was St Bartholomew's in Nettlebed, built around 1846. Nettlebed has featured in some episodes of Midsomer Murders.

This relates to the window above, both windows by Piper. Peter Fleming was the brother of Ian Fleming who wrote the James Bond books.
 So lots of driving down twisty turny roads, thank you driver, rather you than me!

Back tomorrow with a few more pictures.  See you then!

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