Wednesday, 13 December 2017

Hidden Henley

MANY readers will be making extra visits to church at this time of the year, so here is one that

MANY readers will be making extra visits to church at this time of the year, so here is one that is “hidden” but well worth the effort to find.

The origin of Pishill seems unsure. Some sources say that its name comes from the Latin meaning “pea” and that there were several pea farms in the area in the past.

Others claim that the village’s Crown Inn was a popular stopping off point for horse-drawn wagons.

Either way, the area is part of the fine Chilterns countryside with narrow lanes like the one that leads to this church indicated only by a modest, traditional wooden sign off the main road.

Please be aware that, whether travelling by foot, bike or car, the turning is difficult to both enter and leave due to the vehicles on the main road.



The church itself is of Norman origin and has an unusual T-shape with a side aisle that supposedly meant that Catholics could attend services without facing the altar.

My picture shows the brilliantly coloured stained glass window by the artist John Piper, who lived nearby and also designed windows for the new Coventry Cathedral.

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