St. Laurence, Caversfield, Oxfordshire
St Laurence Church at Caversfield, Oxfordshire, was a frustrating church on several levels. Inside it was difficult to photograph, externally it was nearly impossible to photograph clearly owing to close vegetation on the sunny side of the building. On the open side I was shooting into the sun and had to overexpose to compensate.
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Thanks to Oxfordshire Church Illustrator I knew where to borrow the key. Inside the church my friend and I found a church of great antiquity but there was no church guide book or leaflet to assist us. I pointed out the 'old' windows in the tower to my young companion and the old bell preserved in the base of the tower.
I was later told [by the keyholder] that the bell [not pictured by me] is one of the oldest inscribed bells surviving in England - being early 13th century in date - while the base of the tower and the 'old' windows are regarded as being Saxon - i.e. pre-1066.
The church interior was cold and very dark but I was intrigued by the medieval carved faces on several pillars. Being no expert student of church carving I would suggest they are 13th or 14th century but they have a simple rustic charm. One even has a friendly quirky smile.
Outside the churchyard was much warmer than the inside of the church. The churchyard is overgrown on three sides but on the fourth side are buried around 16 or 18 World War Two British and Commonwealth air crew casualties from nearby RAF Bicester.