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Holy Rood, Wood Eaton, Oxfordshire

(51°48′11″N, 1°13′31″W)
Wood Eaton
SP 535 119
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Oxfordshire
now Oxfordshire
medieval Holy Rood
now Holy Rood
  • Jane Cunningham
  • Janet Newson
27 Aug 2013

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Wood Eaton is a quiet village off the beaten track, yet it is only 5 miles NE of Oxford, and 2 miles from Islip. Holy Rood church comprises a chancel, nave, S porch and a W tower. The main fabric of the present chancel and nave probably dates from c. 1250 (VCH). There is a plain font that might be Romanesque.


In 1086 Wood Eaton belonged to Roger d'Ivri. His tenant was probably Fulk, father or grandfather of Fulk Hareng who witnessed a charter to Thame Abbey of c. 1138. Fulk Hareng, or his son Walehelin Hareng was lord by 1168. Before his death he gave Wood Eaton to Eynsham Abbey. The church is not mentioned in Hareng's gift, but it was evidently included with part of its demesne tithes (VCH). The first actual mention of a church is 1228 when Eynsham Abbey presented to the rectory. Eynsham held the advowson until the Dissolution.





The dating of the font remains inconclusive at c. 1200 or later.


J. Sherwood and N. Pevsner, The Buildings of England: Oxfordshire (Harmondsworth, 1974), 853.

Victoria County History: Oxfordshire, 5 (London, 1957), 309-317.