Harpsden cum Bolney occupies a narrow strip of land about two miles long just S of Henley-on-Thames, SE Oxfordshire. St Margaret’s church is a small, neat church, standing S of the village on the edge of Henley Golf Course. The exterior is of flint and stone dressings with tiled roofs. The only visible 12thc sculpture are the round-headed S nave doorway; the round-headed piscina in the S chancel wall and the carved tub font at the nave W end. The chancel was extended in the 14thc but only the S chancel wall and the S nave wall of the medieval church remain. The building is otherwise of the 19thc when it was reconstructed and extended northwards, with a tower, aisle and porch added on this side after 1852. A new parish room (St Peter's Vestry) was built S of the nave in 1975. This is accessed via the 12thc S nave door.
By Domesday, Harpsden was held by Alfred from Miles Crispin who had acquired it with other holdings from Wigot of Wallingford. No church is mentioned. Harpsden is one of a handful of small estates of around five acres each that were detached from the royal estate of Benson, pre-Conquest. See also Rotherfield Peppard, Oxon and Rotherfield Greys, Oxon. The manor was divided between two estates, Harpsden and Bolney. By the early 12thc, each appears to have had a church but both estates declined rapidly and by the mid 13thc they were among the poorest parishes in the deanery of Henley. The two parishes were amalgamated by the mid 15thc and Bolney church has left no remains. St Margaret's today belongs to the benefice of Shiplake with Dunsden and Harpsden.
|Height of opening||2.14 metres (ground level has been raised)|
|Width of opening||1.06 metres|
|Height of bowl||0.42 metres|
|Inner width of bowl||0.54 metres|
|Outer width of bowl||0.71 metres|
|Interior height||0.42 metres|
|Interior width||0.41 metres|
|Overall height||0.69 metres|
J. Sherwood and N. Pevsner, The Buildings of England: Oxfordshire, Harmondsworth, 1974 (repr.1979), 634
G.C. Tyack, Harpsden Church and Parish, n.p., 1981
Victoria County History:Oxfordshire, 16 (2011). 238-264