Oxfordshire - Walk 5

Maharajah’s Well at Stoke Row and John Piper's Nettlebed

Length 7.4 miles
Parking Parking next to the Maharajah’s Well on the main road in Stoke Row
Eating & Drinking The White Hart at Nettlebed, The Cherry Tree at Stoke Row, The Crooked Billet at Stoke Row
Route Follow the points on the map below
Notes St Bartholomew's Church, Nettlebed at point C - stop to see the fantastic John Piper stained glass window
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St Bartholomew's Church, Nettlebed. John Piper and Patrick Reyntiens (1970). Piper first used the Tree of Life for the chapel at Ripon College, Cuddlesdon, Oxfordshire in the early 1960s and it is featured in many of his subsequent windows including this one. The east window is striking in its colour and especially glorious in the early morning. Piper designed it in memory of his friend, Dr Robin Williamson who was a much-loved doctor from Nettlebed. There are three main lights. the central light shows the tree of life bearing seven fruits. Seven was used by early Christian writers as the number that stands for completeness and perfection. In the left light are fishes. The letters of the Greek word for fish, Ichthus, form a monogram of the intial letter in Greek of Jesus Christ, Son of God, Saviour. In the right light are butterflies. The caterpillar, the chrysalis and the butterfly symbolise life, death and resurrection.
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