365 Project – Day 344


Saint Michael’s Church, Weston.

Wherever I go I like to visit local churches, specially if they are interesting or beautiful. I’m a Godless Heathen so I don’t go to worship but because I find them spiritual places, often with peace and quiet. If I’m lucky enough to hear a choir singing or an organ playing it’s a bonus. On the whole I’ve been pretty lucky.

The church in today’s picture, St Michael’s, is our local parish church here in Weston and is about three minutes walk from home. According to Wikipedia there has been a church on this site for over one thousand years. The records for the churchyard show that many people chose to be buried here because it was such a peaceful and beautiful place on a hill.

The present church was consecrated in June 1832 and is, to my mind, a fairly typical Victorian Church of England parish church but it still retains its position in the churchyard on the hill in the middle of the village.

An interesting fact is that in the church there is a monument to Dr William Oliver whose family owned the local manor for generations and who gave his name to the internationally known biscuit – the Bath Oliver.

11 December 2014

3 thoughts on “365 Project – Day 344

  1. You are lucky to have so many beautiful and ancient churches in England. On my bucket list, is the village church in Sampford Spiney, West Devon which I will have to see when I visit Cornwall.
    Like you I am a Godless Heathen but I wouldn’t dream of visiting France without lighting a candle at Notre-Dame to bless my journey :) and I confess, that I rarely walk past a church with an unlocked door – especially when they are so full of stories and history.

    • I see Sampford Spiney is on Dartmoor which is very beautiful ……………… when you can see it. I’ve walked on the moor and have friends who live there and it ALWAYS seems to rain when I visit. Perhaps it’s me!

      • Probably not you unfortunately. Whenever I admire photos of the area in one of my mother-in-law’s calendars, she always says… ‘yes,but Melinda, they would have camped there for a week waiting for it to stop raining so they could get that photo’. I guess that is why it is so beautiful and green.

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