Situated just a few miles apart in Buckinghamshire, the churches at Stewkley and Wing are particularly fine examples of Norman and Saxon church architecture respectively. Although restored in the Victorian era, St Michael and All Saints in Stewkley was never rebuilt, and remains an outstanding example of a late Norman church of 1150 to 1180. The decorated West Front, tower, porch, nave and chancel are all Norman, and there is much use of chevron (zigzag) decoration throughout the interior as well.
Although externally mainly mediaeval in appearance, All Saints Church at Wing has a Saxon polygonal apse with a vaulted crypt beneath, and the nave, aisles and chancel arch are all Saxon, so its true heritage is revealed within. Later additions to the interior are also of interest; there are fine memorials to the Dormer family, including a noteworthy example from the mid 15th C, and a richly carved Perpendicular Gothic roof.
St. Michael and All Angels Church, Stewkley – Norman West Front
We will meet at Stewkley church for a 1030 start, and photograph there during the morning. A pub lunch will be arranged locally, and after lunch we shall photograph at Wing church.
We have permission to use tripods (rubber-tipped, please). There is no charge for photography at either church, but participants are requested to make donations to both church boxes.
Photos by Mike Sasse
Feature photo: All Saints Church, Wing – Saxon apse