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Assumption, Turweston, Buckinghamshire

(52°2′7″N, 1°7′31″W)
SP 601 378
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Buckinghamshire
now Buckinghamshire
  • Ron Baxter
12 June 2007

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Turweston is in the NW of the county, just over the Northamptonshire border from Brackley and 6 miles W of Buckingham. It is a good-sized village situated at a crossing of the Great Ouse, built along a minor road in hilly country.

The church stands in the centre of the village and was rebuilt by Woodyer in 1863, retaining some original fabric. It consists of an aisled and clerestoried nave with a S porch, a chancel with N and S chapels and a W tower. The chancel is 13thc with plain lateral lancets and a 13thc piscina, the E window is a 15th addition, and the 2-bay chapels are 19thc. The nave aisles are of two bays, the N arcade 12thc with a plain 12thc lancet in the W wall of the aisle (photographed but not otherwise recorded), and the S arcade 13thc with moulded capitals. The chancel arch belongs with the S arcade. The S doorway and its porch and the W tower are 19thc, the last with a saddleback roof. Romanesque sculpture is found in the N nave arcade.


In 1086 the manor was held by William de Feugeres. It consisted of 5 hides and also 3 carucates of land in demesne, and there was meadow for 8 ploughs and a mill. before the Conquest it had been held by Wynsige, King Edward’s chamberlain.

The manor was granted by Edward I to Westminster Abbey, and in exchange its owner, Otto de Grandison, received a life interest in the manor of Shenley (Herts) in 1293.

The parish is now in the Buckingham West benefice, i.e. Biddlesden, Shalstone, Tingewick, Turweston, Water Stratford and Westbury.


Interior Features



Pevsner dates the arcade c.1190, which this author accepts.


N. Pevsner, Buildings of England: Buckinghamshire.London 1960, 269-70.

N. Pevsner and E. Williamson, Buildings of England: Buckinghamshire.London 1960, 2nd ed. 1994, 699-700.

RCHME, An Inventory of the Historical Monuments in the County of Buckingham. Volume 2 (north).London 1913, 301-02.

Victoria County History: Buckinghamshire. IV (1927), 251-54.

Victoria County History: Hertfordshire. II (1908), 264-73 (on Shenley).