St Mary's Church

-----------------

If you have arrived here from a search engine, this site uses frames. If your server supports frames, link here.

You will then need to navigate back to this page using the County Index
 

P4210029.JPG (370618 bytes) P4210030.JPG (350812 bytes)
1 2
P4210042.JPG (447203 bytes)
3

1 - 3.  St Mary's Church, Marsh Gibbon, is set in a picturesque village close to the Buckingham - Oxford border, and about six miles north-east of Bicester. Set fairly high above the street, the entrance to the church is through a lych-gate, and thence surrounded by shaped yew trees. 
 

P4210044.JPG (406575 bytes)
4

4 - The south transept. 

P4210046.JPG (375019 bytes)
5

5 - The church from the north-west.  Note the large north transept which matches that on the south side. 

P4210031.JPG (300832 bytes) P4210035.JPG (353491 bytes)
6 7
6 - Looking west to the ringers' gallery over the newly installed kitchen. There may formerly have been a west gallery for the quire, but of there was, there is now no trace. The usual extensive Victorian restoration work was carried out to the church in the mid nineteenth century, but VCH makes no mention of the removal of any gallery.
 
7 - View from the gallery towards the east end.
MGflags.JPG (386922 bytes)
8

8 - Friendly Societies were common during the latter part of the nineteenth century, but it is uncommon for their flags and pennants to survive. These two, the blue one dated 1788, are hung in the north transept. 
 

P4210038.JPG (390520 bytes)
9
MGstone.JPG (472012 bytes) P4210034.JPG (375471 bytes)
10 11

This church is included especially because of its association with music known to have been sung and played here, this being ascertained through the fortuitous discovery of a manuscript quire book in a car boot sale in Herefordshire.
 

P4210039.JPG (357795 bytes)
12

12 - Many villages had their biers for the transportation of the dead to church for burial. This example, although undated, is typical of those found in the late eighteenth century in this area. [See also Brailes in Warwickshire.]
 

P4210043.JPG (371935 bytes)
13

13 - The adjacent farm house, a splendid example of a timber-framed building, added to in Tudor times (the two centre bays), and over the centuries thereafter.

 

Dove's reference for the bells:

[27/10/01] Marsh Gibbon, Buckinghamshire, St Mary the Virgin, 5, 13cwt in G.  [Alternate Tuesdays with Twyford - emlm]

ACCESS

Map reference : SP647233

The church stands on the left hand side of the road, just east of the cross-roads in the centre of the village, on the road leading to Poundon and Twyford.  The church is kept open during the hours of daylight (information from a local ringer).


Photographs: © Edwin Macadam   2002
 

Please see our  Home Page  for important copyright notice

Up Arrow

-----------------

email logo

SEARCH THIS SITE

PicoSearch

 

 

  Help

This site has been constructed by, and remains the copyright of, its authors,
Edwin and Sheila Macadam,

Shelwin, 30, Eynsham Road, Botley,
Oxford OX2 9BP
July 2001 -