You know I love a coincidence, so you can imagine our surprise when deciding to have a look at the one of the churches here in Epsom, to find it dedicated to none other than St. Martin de Tours. The site here in Epson has been host to place of worship since Saxon times.The Doomsday Book of 1085-86 highlighted the existence of two churches in the area one of which would have been a forerunner to St.Martin's.
The 'medieval' church consisted of a short nave of about 50 feet with side aisles, a south porch and a north west tower.The 'new' church was built in 1824 in a 'Gothic' style but retained the old tower (15th century). The original seating would have been boxed pews.
The very ornate alter sits underneath a partially stained glass window - apparently unfinished due to lack of funds - and behind a rood screen.
A view of the side chapel under the organ loft.
Two little stained glass windows in the small otherwise simple right-hand side chapel.
Two views of the impressive organ loft.
The pulpit is very reminiscent of the ones we see in France.
Looking to the rear of the church and the 15th century baptismal font.
Not surprisingly there is no hint of 'Joan' even with the French connection.
The ancient graveyard surrounding the church is now 'closed' for burials...
but there is a pretty little garden of remembrance where 'ashes' can be placed.
The plain leaded windows of the nave are attractive in there simplicity.