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St Mary, Newnham Murren, Oxfordshire

(51°35′31″N, 1°7′15″W)
Newnham Murren
SU 610 885
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Oxfordshire
now Oxfordshire
  • John Wand
06 July 2017

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Newnham Murren is situated on the bank of the Thames; the church is adjacent to a farm and lies over half a mile from the modern village. It is in the care of the Churches Conservation Trust. The building is Romanesque in origin, and is of flint rubble with stone dressings and tiled roofs. It consists of a chancel and nave with a 14thc S aisle and 19thc bellcote and N porch. The chancel arch and N doorway are Romanesque, as is the font, although heavily re-cut.


Engelric held the manor in 1066, by 1086 it was in the possession of Miles Crispin when there were 9 slaves, 13 villeins and 10 bordars. By the 13thc the manor was held of the king by Richard Morin for one knight’s fee. The church was originally a chapel of North Stoke; it is not clear when it became a separate parish.


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