October 6 – Our second Friday at the exhibition in Oxford

Two churches at Woodeaton and Noke

Hi from 1066 – Medieval Mosaic

This morning was our last morning at our housesit in Northleach so we were up early packing, cleaning and feeding all the animals. Beth was picked up just after 8 to spend the day with her uncle gardening. Yumi and Thekla took off after feeding without even saying goodbye. LOL. We got away just after 9 thinking this was probably was a bit late to get to Oxford County Hall on time for our 10 am start time. We got there with 5 minutes to spare. It was a very slow day with only about 4 people coming in.

Prof. Emily Winkler had contacted me previously about visiting the exhibition today and she and her mother arrived later in the afternoon. Their visit made the whole day worthwhile. They were both very knowledgeable and interested in the period. We spend a lovely hour talking to them on a wide range of 1066 related subjects. Emily is a Departmental Lecturer in Early Medieval History at the Faculty of History and Balliol College, University of Oxford and the John Cowdrey Junior Research Fellow in History at St. Edmunds Hall.

After work, we headed back to Bletchingdon. On the way, we called at Holy Rood Church in Woodeaton. There was no church micro there but there was another multi which we worked out the coordinates for but it was over a km away so it will have to wait for another time. It looks like it is on Edward the Confessor way and can be approached from Woodeaton or Islip. The church had five 18th Century Weyland family hatchments and a nice selection of tapestry kneelers. On the wall facing the door as you walk in is a 14th-century wall painting of St. Christopher. Apparently, wall paintings of St Christopher are often in this position in churches so that he can be seen coming and going from the church. St Christopher is the patron saint of travellers and is most often shown with the child Jesus being carried on his shoulder across a river. This is a particularly well-preserved wall painting.

Next, we stopped at St Giles church in Noke – Church Micro 6638. We found the church micro easily enough but had to be careful that no one saw what we were doing as there were lots of muggles about. It is interesting that there was a church here in the times of William the Conqueror. It had a 13th-century tub font and a painted organ.

There was a fantastic sunset that evening which is not that common as the sky is so often covered in cloud.