Catmore consists of the church and a farmhouse in the hilly, wooded farmland of west Berkshire. The church has a single nave and chancel. Nave has a 19thc. bellcote on the W gable and opposed N and S doorways, both 12thc. The S doorway, described below, is protected by a porch with a neo-Norman external doorway. The N doorway, not described, is completely plain and headed by a segmental chamfered arch. There is a 12thc. font decorated with beakhead.
Catmore was held by Eadsige in 1066 and by Henry from Henry de Ferrers in 1086. It was assessed at 5 hides in 1066 and 3 hides in 1086. The overlordship remained with the Ferrers until it was forfeited in 1266 and given to the Earls of Lancaster, where it stayed until Henry Bolinbroke became king in 1399, when it passed to the crown. The descent of the tenancy is complex and the reader is referrred to VCH, but the advowson of the church was claimed by the Knights Hospitaller in the reign of Richard I.
Round-headed, single continuous order. The doorway, of oolitic limestone, has a plain chamfered continuous order. Roll-and-chamfer label with a single row of billet on the chamfer. At the apex is a single bird beakhead, its beak gripping the roll of the label.
|h. of opening||2.18m|
|w. of opening||0.99m|
W end of nave, offset to N. The font is also of oolitic limestone and consists of a cylindrical 12thc. bowl, probably cut down so that only upper part survives. This is set on a modern cylindrical column, on a modern chamfered cylindrical plinth. The 12thc. bowl is carved in a deep band around its rim with an extremely weathered design of beakheads alternating with simple foliage motifs.
|circumference of bowl||2.42m|
|ext. diameter of bowl||0.76m|
|h. of bowl||0.24m|
|int. diameter of bowl||0.55m|
N. Pevsner, The Buildings of England: Berkshire. Harmondsworth 1966, 110.
G. Tyack, S. Bradley and N. Pevsner, The Buildings of England. Berkshire. New Haven and London 2010, 228-29.
Victoria County History: Berkshire IV (1924), 9-11.