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All Saints, Woolstone, Berkshire

(51°35′11″N, 1°34′37″W)
SU 294 876
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Berkshire
now Oxfordshire
medieval Salisbury
now Oxford
  • Ron Baxter
28 August 1990

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Aisleless nave with chancel and S transept. The nave, with its carved S doorway, is of c.1200, as is the chancel arch. Curiously, although the S transept appears to be a mid-13thc. addition, its entrance arch has scallop capitals.


Held by Walkelin, Bishop of Winchester at DS for the supplies of the monks. No church recorded.


Exterior Features


Interior Features


Chancel arch/Apse arches
Tower/Transept arches




The S doorway appears earlier than the chancel arch, but probably is not, since both structures have billet labels and chamfers with identical scroll stops. The polygonal plan of the scallop capitals of the S transept arch precludes their being reused from elsewhere in the church the transept arch is the only one with chamfers marked enough to match them. It seems, therefore, that they were carved in an archaic style well into the 13thc., probably the nature of the chalk from which they were carved precluded a more complex design. Of the S doorway capitals, the waterleaf design is too widespread to indicate workshop connections. No comparison yet found for the intersecting stem design.


N. Pevsner, The Buildings of England. Berkshire. Harmondsworth, 1966, 313.

G. Tyack, S. Bradley and N. Pevsner, The Buildings of England. Berkshire. New Haven and London 2010, 737-38.