"In the end, it's not the years in your life that count, it's the life in your years." - Abraham Lincoln

Posted on April 8, 2016 by Sioux under General
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A new tower was built in 1629 to replace a medieval one taken down in 1623 because it was “ruinous”; and contains a peal of ten bells. By the 1840s it was agreed that the church was not large enough to accommodate the growing local population (in 1847, it could seat about 600 people) and an extension was built 1848-49. Major restoration was again undertaken in 1902. The east end of the north aisle was remodelled as a memorial chapel to the fallen of the First World war in

1922 and the war

memorial was

brought inside the

church from its

position on the

outside of the

north wall.

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Wandering around the grounds of an old church – (I didnt make a note of the name) – we said we had done well – being as how it was Easter we had been to three churches in one day!

On the way home to fetch my friends’ partner, we stopped in at St John’s Church in Hillingdon. The earliest written reference to a church in Hillingdon is the grant by Brian Fitz Count, Lord of Colham Manor, of Hillingdon Church to Evesham Abbey shortly after 1100. Nothing remains of the original building. The earliest part of the present building is said to be the chancel arch, dated around 1270.

As we walked in, I managed to sneak this photo of the minister reading. I just loved the way the light caught his silver white hair.

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The church has a number of brasses, the best of which is the Le Strange Brass, dated 1509. It is said by Pevsner to be the most ambitious brass of the Middle Ages to survive in Greater London. It represents John, eighth Lord Strange of Knockin with his first wife Jacquetta, daughter of Richard Woodville. Her sister, Elizabeth, was Queen of Edward IV and mother of the Princes who were murdered in the Tower. Lord Strange died in 1479 and was buried in Hillingdon Church. 

As we left the church, I spotted some interesting reflections in the windows of a restaurant over the road and couldn’t resist these surreal images.


We headed home, collected my friends’ partner, and it was off to a pub, right next to a canal waterway, for sundowners.


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One response to “Holy day wanderings….”

  1. Cheryl Wilkinson says:

    So interesting thank you!

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