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St Mary, Hurley, Berkshire

(51°32′59″N, 0°48′36″W)
SU 826 841
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Berkshire
now Windsor and Maidenhead
medieval Salisbury
now Oxford
  • Ron Baxter
18 August 1991

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Feature Sets

Hurley is a village 3 miles NW of Maidenhead and 4 miles E of Henley-on-Thames. The church stands at the N end of the village, alongside the river. The present church is the long, narrow, aisleless nave of the priory church, with 11thc. proportions and plain 12thc. windows. The carved W and S doorways are in 12thc. style, but the former belongs partly and the latter entirely to Henry Hakewill's comprehensive restoration of 1852 as does the W window. To the N of the church stand the cloister and refectory, now a private house, the former containing two plain arches which appear to be c.1100 but are not regarded as medieval by VCH. Further 12thc. sculpture is found inside the two doorways.


The manor including a church held by Geoffrey de Mandeville in DS. In 1086 Osmund, Bishop of Old Sarum, dedicated the rebuilt church as a Benedictine Priory, a cell of Westminster. Excavations have shown that the church originally had a long aisleless chancel with an apse, that it was lengthened in the 13thc. and given a straight E end, and lengthened again in the 14thc. and chapels added. The E end was demolished at the Dissolution.


Exterior Features



Only the accomplished point-to-point chevron on the W doorway and the entirely routine scallop capitals of the two doorway interiors are reliably 12thc.


N. Pevsner, The Buildings of England. Berkshire. Harmondsworth 1966, 157-58.

C. N. Rivers-Moore, 'Recent Discoveries at St Mary's Priory, Hurley.' Berkshire Archaeological Journal, 38 (1934), 7-16.

G. Tyack, S. Bradley and N. Pevsner, The Buildings of England. Berkshire. New Haven and London 2010, 332-33.

Victoria History of the Counties of England: Berkshire. London., vol. 2, (1907), 73-77).