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St Andrew, Shrivenham, Berkshire

(51°36′0″N, 1°39′12″W)
SU 241 891
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Berkshire
now Oxfordshire
medieval Salisbury
now Oxford
  • Ron Baxter
20 August 1998, 02 December 2013

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Shrivenham is a large village in the Vale of the White Horse, about 5 miles SW of Faringdon, and close to the county boundary with Wiltshire. Of the medieval church the 14thc central tower remains, and it is surrounded by a broad and long gabled church built from 1638 by Lord Craven. The W front of the nave appears to preserve sone 1thc masonry, and the rooflines of the medieval church remain on the tower walls. The only Romanesque sculpture is on the 12thc. font.


In 1086 the manor was part of the royal demesne, and the Domesday record mentions a church and a priest there. It was granted to Geoffrey, Count of Perche by King John in 1200, but on his death in 1217 it reverted to the Crown again.





The Purbeck font dates from c.1200 (Tyack says late-12thc.)


N. Pevsner, The Buildings of England. Berkshire. Harmondsworth 1966, 217-18.

G. Tyack, S. Bradley and N. Pevsner, The Buildings of England. Berkshire. New Haven and London 2010, 515-16.

Victoria County History: Berkshire IV (1924), 531-43.