St Nicholas
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Pictures 1 & 2 show St Nicholas' Church, Chearsley, Bucks, from the north and north-west.  In particular, 2 & 3 show the windows in the walls adjacent the west tower which still light the west gallery, which was built in, and is dated, 1761.

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The gallery window in the south wall The modern south porch
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The south wall of the chancel.

 

The church itself lies at the bottom of a long, steep, lane below the village, which itself looks out over the water-meadows adjoining the River Tame, a little upstream of the village of Thame, and not far from Notley Abbey.

Like Lower or Nether Winchendon, a few miles away up the same valley, the church has escaped serious restoration at the hands of the Victorians, and still retains its west gallery and old pews. There are also good 18th century monuments.

As can be seen (1, 2 & 3) the church stands on a slope, and there is a marked step down into the chancel from the nave - an unusual feature.

The structure of the church is basically 25th century, but the font is 13th century, coming from the time of the earlier structure which is incorporated within the present one.

 

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6  -  The church was locked at the time of our visit, but this picture, taken through the very dirty window in the north wall of the church just shows the front of the gallery with is Royal hatchment. 
 

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