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Segenhoe, Bedfordshire

(52°0′33″N, 0°33′58″W)
SP 985 355
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Bedfordshire
now Bedfordshire
medieval not confirmed
  • Hazel Gardiner

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The church, which is now a ruin, has a chancel, a nave with N aisle, and a W tower. The much repaired chancel is substantially 11thc. although the E wall was rebuilt in brick in the 18thc. The nave has a 14thc. N aisle of three bays (apart from the E bay which is 13thc.) and did have a S aisle of the same date although this has been blocked, only part of the W respond is now visible. The W tower, which may have originally been 13thc. was repaired in the 18thc. with brick, and the numerous other brick repairs are probably of this date. 11thc. sculpture in found on the chancel arch, on one of two reset chancel windows and on a reset doorway.


The Domesday Survey does not mention a church at Segenhoe, but records that Walter, Brother of Sihere held land there. The land later became part of the barony of Wahull and VCH records that the church of Ridgemont, as Segenhoe church was known, was granted to Dunstable in 1189 by Simon de Wahull. (VCH, 323).


Exterior Features



Interior Features


Chancel arch/Apse arches

Domesday Book: Bedfordshire, Ed. J. Morris, Chichester, 1977, 33, 1.

The Victoria County History: A History of the County of Bedford, London, 1912, 3: 320-23.

N. Pevsner, The Buildings of England, Bedfordshire and the County of Huntingdon and Peterborough, London, 1968, 140.