The Gawcott church was most unusual, erected in 1827 and Georgian in style designed by the Rev. Thomas Scott (father of the famous architect Sir Giles Gilbert Scott. Rather plain in appearance, it was scathingly described as "hideous pseudo-Classicism" it was re-built in 1828 and restored in 1895. Inside it is very stark and rectangular but the whole feel is of the Arts and Crafts Movement. With oak panelling and furniture it smacks of Shaker. The windows are tall and narrow with no stained glass, very plain. In the picture top left you can see the beautiful wrought iron chandeliers, which were candle lit originally, then oil, gas and now electric. The ceiling is vaulted and painted a beautiful pale sky blue. The altar in the picture top right was stark in appearance, the original wall painted freize has gone as have the embellishments on the arch above the altar (which were on a photo from 1909).The picture bottom left show the small but lovely organ and on the bottom right is a funeral bier that was used to wheel the coffins into the church. The graveyard was full of corroded gravestones that we had difficulty in reading, and my friend was disappointed that she couldn't find the relative she was looking for.
After a disappointing mornings work we had lunch at the Crown Inn, pictured below in Victorian times, and the landlord mentioned that Tingewick Mill, which was next on our list, still existed - so we set out to find it. A friendly farmer showed us the way and there it was at the bottom of the hill, the mill wheel still in place over the mill race (River Ouse) and apparently some of the mill workings were intact in the house. I didn't manage to get a photo as the house was occupied and it felt a little rude.
In the Domesday book Tingewick mill was recorded as being worth four shillings. The Mill ceased working in 1966, but it is said that during the 1930's, eels caught at the Mill were sent to Billingsgate Market.
the Crown - present day
The third and final church was in Turweston and as we couldn't find the light switches in the church we had to call it a day.
We were, what you would call, 'all churched-out'.
You have to be pretty tenacious to follow your ancestors footsteps and sadly, after all that effort, we had no concrete evidence to show for it.