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St Stephen, Clanfield, Oxfordshire

(51°43′0″N, 1°35′30″W)
SP 283 021
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Oxfordshire
now Oxfordshire
  • Janet Newson
  • John Blair
  • Nicola Coldstream
  • Sarah Blair
19 August 2014

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Clanfield is a village about eight miles SW of Witney and is bordered to the E by the Black Bourton Brook and by the Broadwell Brook to the S. The church lies to the N of the village and originally consisted of a 13thc coursed limestone rubble building with a chancel, a nave, and a W tower added in the early 14thc. The church was extensively restored and altered between 1879-80, when the nave was partially rebuilt and the N chapel, the S porch and the N aisle were added to the structure. Romanesque sculpture survives on the reset S doorway; other Romanesque features consist of the chancel arch and the N arcade, both heavily restored, if not rebuilt completely.


The Domesday Survey records that in 1086 'Chenefelde' was held by Payne of Clanfield, being Roger of Ivry tenant-in-chief. The manor valued £7. Clanfield, with its church, was given in 1199/1200 by William de Westbury to Ralph de Hareng, who probably granted the church to Elstow Abbey (Bedfordshire) during the next few years.


Exterior Features


Interior Features


Chancel arch/Apse arches



The chancel arch resembles, and may be influenced by, the style of the crossing arches at the nearby church of Bampton. However, it is fully restored. The W angle rolls of the second order may have been replaced for the slim nook-shafts.


S. R. Wigram, Chronicles of the Abbey of Elstow, Oxford and London 1885, 64, 72.

J. Sherwood and N. Pevsner, The Buildings of England: Oxfordshire, Harmondsworth 1974, 545–7.

Victoria County History: Oxfordshire, vol. 15, London 2006, 139-46.