21 July 2010

Country walking (2)

And so, across the fields to Worminghall church. It shows very early evidence of the Catholic Revival in the Church of England. The East window dates from 1847, and shows Sanctus Petrus, Salvator Mundi, and Sanctus Paulus, with angels holding instruments of the Passion in the tracery. And a 1862 window had its inscription in Latin with the phrase Requiescat in pace.

But most diverting was a brass memorial to one Philip Kinge who died in 1592. From an early age he was brought up in the house of his uncle Robert Kinge, Abbot of Thame and Oseney, a creature of Cromwell, first Bishop of the See of Oxford when the Cathedra was in the suppressed and magnificent former Abbey of Oseney (in my parish) before Henry Tudor decided to suppress it again qua Cathedral and replace it with the rather humbler chapel of Cardinal College in Oxford. Philip was also educated, after his uncle's death, by Lord Williams of Thame (splendidly buried in Thame church). This Lord Williams, one of those who did well out of the Tudor regime, presided at the the burning of Latymer and Ridley in Oxford during the reign of Good Queen Mary; on which occasion he rather crudely made fun of Latymer's dying commendation of his soul to God. I have very little doubt that, if he had not died at the beginning of the reign of Elizabeth Tudor, he would as cheerfully have disposed on Government orders of the seminary priests.

Philip's son John became Bishop of London and a descendant called Henry, Bishop of Chichester. Such are the continuities of the Church of England ...

Concludes later.

3 comments:

Seal said...

Dear Father,
Came across your erudite blog recently and admire its contents, especially the historical entries.
Some years ago I worked in a ,now closed, care home named "Osney Court". I told them the correct spelling was"Oseney" but alas nobody cared!
Best Wishes
Steven- now in Scotland

TheOldCrusader said...

Does anyone know, is this the source of "Worminghall" that Professor Tolkien mentions in "Farmer Giles of Ham"?

Chris said...

It is, being about 5 miles from Thame, which also gets a mention IIRC.