Saturday, 22 September 2018

All Saints East Lockinge

This weeks Church Explorer comes from All Saints Lockinge a small village famed for its Racing stables. The churhc sits in quiet surroundings

Thursday, 20 September 2018

Almshouse Sky

To end my photos of the Goring Heath Almsehouses I thould these photos showing the sky in the background apt

The St Georges Cross flutters in the grounds 

Happy Skywatch

Monday, 17 September 2018

St Bartholomew's Almshouses

In case you did not see my Church Explorer blog this is the history behind the place
"In 1724 Henry Alnutt, a lawyer of the Middle Temple in London, established a set of almshouses at Goring Heath. They form three sides of a courtyard, flanking a chapel of the same date. In the 1880s a school was built beside the almshouses in what was intended to be the same architectural style. A post office was added in 1900.
Alnutt also left a continuing income from his estate at Goring Heath to teach, clothe and apprentice boys from five parishes. One of the parishes was Cassington in West Oxfordshire, where Alnutt's charity established a small school for boys. In 1833 the Allnut school was absorbed into a new Cassington parish school, which in 1853 became Cassington's present St. Peter's Church of England primary school."

I never realised this place existed till I saw some photos on Flickr and it then became a place I needed to visit, a couple of weeks ago I did just that and you enter down this drive

at the end of which you see the chapel

There is a car park for residents an d guests by the bowling green and you get this view of the almshouses from it

This is the old school which was built in the 1880's, it became the village primary school for Goring Heath, it closed sometime in the 1980's

Despite the stile it was built after you can see it is Victorian

The residents made this little garden

The school was converted into part of the almshouses was was opened by Rev Doctor Anthony Russell on Whitsunday 1989

The almshouses themselves are quite wonderful to look at and are built around a courtyard

With the chapel in the centre and a clock over looking the yard with the bequest from Henry Alnutt under it. Nearby is the pump that was used to bring fresh water from borehole for the residents in the past, no doubt they just turn on a tap now

This view of the almshouses with the chapel in the centre is what makes the place so special, I've come across a few almshouses on my travels visiting churches but none has had a chapel like this.
You never realise what treasures are on your doorstep till you look.
Taking Park in Our World Tuesday

Saturday, 15 September 2018

St Bartholomews Chapel

This weeks Church Explorer comes from St Bartholomew's chapel in Goring Heath. It sits in the centre of the Almshouses and was built in 1724 by Henry Alnutt who was a  Lawyer of Middle Temple in London. The Almshouses are still in use today.

Thursday, 13 September 2018

Sky over the New Homes

I have been periodically visiting this site around once a month to record the progress of the work, 18 months ago the place was field on the edge of a housing estate, not it has become one itself

The blue sky above makes no distinction between either field or house

It just looks glorious 

With the clouds floating above