St Helen, Albury, Oxfordshire

Feature Sets (2)


Demolished and rebuilt in 1828. A painting and an engraving made shortly before that date (Bodl. MS Top. Oxon. a.65, No.34; Bodl. G.A. Oxon.a.76 f.3) show that there were plain, round-headed doorways in both the N and S walls of the nave, the former with continuous chamfers or rolls and a label. The font is the only Romanesque feature.


The advowson was attached to the manor when first recorded in the 13thc., so it is likely that the Chesney family who had held the manor during the 12thc. had also been patrons (VCH Oxon. v, 9, 13).




At W end of nave. Oolitic limestone. Of elongated tub shape, decorated in a series of registers (top to bottom): plain rim; frieze of hyphenated, flattened scallops with plain recessed shields; the fields between the scallops have central vertical ridges; broad roll; plain, slightly bulbous; band of single chevron. Base is modern.

ext. diam. at top 0.59 m
int. diam. at top 0.48 m
overall h. 0.69 m


Pevsner dates it to c.12thc. and says, ' An irregular cylinder with a lower band of zigzag and a roll-moulding. Above this it is re-cut.'


  • Victoria County History: Oxfordshire, vol.5, 1957, 8-14.
  • G. A. Oxon. a.76 f.3 (engraving, c.1840, of view from SE, presumably from an earlier drawing).
  • Oxford, Bodleian Library: MS Top. Oxon.a.65, No.34 (watercolour from NW by J.C.Buckler, 1822).
  • N. Pevsner and J. Sherwood, The Buildings of England. Oxfordshire, London, 1974, 420.


Site Location
National Grid Reference
SP 655 051 
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales): Oxfordshire
now: Oxfordshire
medieval: Lincoln (Dorchester to 1085)
now: Oxford
now: St Helen
medieval: St Helen
Type of building/monument
Parish church  
Report authors
John Blair, Sarah Blair