Radley, Abingdon, England, Home of my Smuin Ancestors

Here are some photos of Radley and the Parish Church in Radley by Abingdon in England, where my Smuin ancestors are from. Many of my ancestors were christened, married, and buried in the churchyard here.

Mormon Missionaries came to Radley in the 1840s.  Many Smuin families living there joined the church and left Radley to gather to Zion.

Here is an aerial view of Radley today.  You can see where St. James the Great Church is.radley-google-earthradley-abingdon-map

Here are some old sketches of St. James the Great Parish Church:radley-parish-sketch-interiorradley-parish-sketch

And here is how it looks today:radley-parish-interior-1



Here is some more information about the church and a few photos I took when visiting there in 2003.

The parish church of St James the Great in Radley was built in 1290. It is a beautiful building with the original, and rare, wooden pillars still standing. In the Civil War a battle in and around the church led to the destruction of the north aisle and transept, giving a rather lop-sided feel to the church. There is a fine peal of bells and some interesting stained glass windows, many of which represent the connection with royalty established when the present rectory was a hunting lodge. The canopy over the pulpit came from over the Speaker’s Chair in the House of Commons during the Civil War.



About annlaemmlenlewis

I am member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and I am currently serving as a Missionary in the Washington Yakima Mission. Welcome to my personal blog, Ann's Words, and my Mission blog, Our Yakima Mission. If you are interested in family history stories and histories, you can find those posted in Ann's Stories. Thanks for looking in!
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