12 Sep 2008 • 1,257 views
Stained glass at Silchester
The Victorian East window of the beautiful mediaeval (12th century) St. Mary the Virgin Church in Silchester.
There is an inscription within the lower border of the window as follows:
"In Memory of Henry Newnham-Davis. Born Sep 2 1826 Died March 1 1873
There is a lot of information about the church architecture and history on this site http://www.southernlife.org.uk/silchesterchurch.htm
(It's a site well worth visiting if you're interested in church and village history of Southern England, especially Hants., Dorset and Isle of Wight. - SOUTHERN LIFE(UK) -
Silchester is a lovely village, nestled in the countryside about midway between Basingstoke (Hampshire) and Reading (Berkshire). The town is mentioned in the Domesday Book, but it seems that St Mary's Church is the oldest surviving building, (if you exclude the Roman amphitheatre) and datess from 12th century.
St Mary's Church church is tucked up against the remaining walls of the Iron Age and Roman town of Calleva Atrebatum. Each summer a team of archaeologists and students from Reading University hold a Field School, an ongoing excavation of one small part of the town.
For more information look at A Guide to Silchester
and The Insula IX Excavation
I've had a problem or two getting pictures to show on the main 'directory', something to do with an internal flag
which John's managed to fix. Thanks John.
I'll "be back soon", towards the end of September. If I have time I'll drop by and share something I've previously uploaded. I don't have access to my own computer at the moment.
Thanks for all your comments, those of you who've managed to find the pictures I've shared with you recently.If you have a spare moment I'd be grateful if you could drop by, and vote for, my vfxy site please. It's here http://photos.vfxy.com/photoblogs/1280
Thanks a million.