Sketching – from the Saxon Tower to Boswells

Sketching today in Oxford. A broody sort of day but managing to sketch for half-an-hour or so without getting interupted. Even managing to sing along with the guy playing guitar there though perhaps less tunefully. This is a view from the Saxon Tower at St. Michaels to Boswells department store and Waterstones on the corner. […]

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Ewelme Church and Almshouses

A watercolour sketch of the church and almshouses at Ewelme in South Oxfordshire. This is one of my favorite churches, combining a great sense of history with a glorious setting in the rolling countryside of South Oxfordshire. The church was already old when it was rebuilt in the 15th C. under the auspices of William […]

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St. Michael's Church on Cornmarket, Oxford

Another watercolour street view in #Oxford, this a view of St. Michael’s Church on Cornmarket. Here the winter sun picking out the Saxon Tower and the half timbered ‘Pret’ building on this historic crossroads.

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St. James’s Church at Brightwell-cum-Sotwell, Oxfordshire

The charming village of Brightwell-cum-Sotwell is just to the west of Wallingford in southern Oxfordshire. The village is actually two villages – Brightwell and Sotwell – that have grown and been paired together. This might account for its sprawling and sometimes confusing layout. Apparently, it has four churches – so far I have only found […]

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A view of Exeter College from Ship Street, Oxford

Out and about yesterday and making the most of some brief spells of sunshine. Here’s my take on a view down Ship Street in Oxford, with the sun reflecting off Exeter College and the college chapel spire.

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A sketch of Stokesey Castle

Stokesey Castle is more properly known as a fortified Manor House. Part of its charm is that it consists of a harmonious mixture of building styles that together with the adjacent church forms a unique and pleasing whole. Here is a view of the Castle from the nearby Churchyard.

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The church of St. Thomas the Martyr, Oxford

The church of St. Thomas the Martyr was originally founded in the 12th century and was much modified in the 19th and 20th centuries. Now gradually decaying and perhaps mostly overlooked, the church is tucked away near the Oxford Railway Station and behind the old Jam Factory.

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