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St Mary, Turville, Buckinghamshire

(51°36′48″N, 0°53′37″W)
SU 767 911
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Buckinghamshire
now Buckinghamshire
  • Ron Baxter
14 September 2011

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Turville is a small village in the Chilterns, 5 miles W of High Wycombe. It consists of a few houses, the church and a pub on a minor road at the foot of Turville Hill. St Mary’s is in the village centre and consists of a nave with a S porch and a 2-bay brick chapel, the 1733 Perry Chapel, on the N side. There is a W tower, and a raised chancel with a modern N vestry and a S doorway. The church is otherwise largely of knapped flint and predominantly 19thc, although the S and (blocked) N doorways are 13thc. The only Romanesque feature is the font.


Turville was held by Nigel d’Aubigny, and from him by Roger on 1086. Before the Conquest it was held by Thorbert, a man of Earl Aelfgar. It was assessed at 5 hides with woodland for 100 pigs. By 1226 the tenants were the Marstons. In that year Isabella de Turville, widow of Niel de Marston, sued Ralph son of John de Marston for her dower in Turville. Subsequently the manor passed to Eustace, son of John de Morteyn of Marston, through the gift of his mother Constance, and this family retained the manor at least until the early 15thc. The church was given by Niel de Marston to St Albans Abbey.





The font could not be any plainer, and although the nave is described as 12thc by EH, there is no obvious evidence for this.


Buckinghamshire County Council, Historic Environment Record 0464000000.

EH, English Heritage Listed Building 46834.

N. Pevsner, The Buildings of England: Buckinghamshire, Harmondsworth 1960, 269.

VCH, Victoria County History: Buckinghamshire. III , London 1925, 101-05.