Wednesday, 25 January 2017

St Marys Church Henley

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When visiting Henley-on-Thames, the parish church of St. Mary the Virgin dominates the skyline.  It was built during the 13th Century although an earlier one existed since c. 1000. The church has been enlarged and remodelled over the years.



It is rather beautiful inside with lots of stained glass windows.









There is just the one effigy of Sir Francis Bacon's sister Lady Elizabeth Periam who founded a charity school in Henley.


Outside in the churchyard, a large yellow building - The Chantry House - catches your eye.  It is the only Grade I listed building in Henley, built about 1450 possibly as a granary.  From the church it looks a two storey building but from the other side it is three storey's high.


Almshouses surround the churchyard.

I was surprised to find Dusty Springfield's grave in the churchyard.


Cheerio

10 comments:

  1. Gosh, I didn't know Dusty Springfield was dead, quite a surprise to me, let alone that she was so young. Don't know how that passed me by.

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    1. I didn't expect to find her memorial in Henley, just spotted it on a map of all things. She died quite a while ago, hope you didn't get too much of a shock. x

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  2. What a beautiful church and old buildings. Looks like you had a beautiful day for your trip to Henley. Another of those places we stopped at on our river trips years ago. Ah memories. B x

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    1. It is a wonderful place, the Thames is so wide there, no wonder the Regatta takes place there. x

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  3. What a splendid church it looks wonderful in your first photo across the river. The old grannery looks interesting too:)

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    1. The chantry house looks so big, next time I go, I'll get a photo from the other side! x

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  4. Wonderful to see the beautiful church and grounds. A lovely place to spend eternity.....xx K

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  5. Ooh, lovely post - but as you know, I like poking around old churches. Thank you. x

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    1. So many stained glass windows there, a real treat. x

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