SU9547 : Compton parish church

taken 10 years ago, near to Compton, Surrey, England

Compton parish church
Compton parish church
The west end of Compton churchyard is somewhat hemmed in, almost in the shadow of Eastbury Manor - and it took a little while to find a spot from which I could get a shot of the whole tower and spire.

It must be rare for a church tower to be quite so bare of adornment, but - to my mind - the result is a memorable one. Much of the church is Norman, but Pevsner speculates that the tower could be Anglo-Saxon work - on the grounds that the Normans could not have resisted making it more ornate (Nairn. Pevsner & Cherry: 'The Buildings of England: Surrey').

The materials used are typical of Surrey - Bargate stone for the tower, shingles (wooden tiles) for the spire. Seen from a moderate distance just two colours predominate: the olive-tinged stone contrasting with the blue-grey of the shingles. At close range a variety of colours can be seen in the stonework: Link

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SU9547, 265 images   (more nearby 🔍)
Stefan Czapski   (more nearby)
Date Taken
Friday, 22 August, 2014   (more nearby)
Monday, 25 August, 2014
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SU 9543 4701 [10m precision]
WGS84: 51:12.8597N 0:38.1060W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SU 9542 4702
View Direction
East-southeast (about 112 degrees)
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