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St Mary, Little Coxwell, Berkshire

(51°38′22″N, 1°35′43″W)
Little Coxwell
SU 281 935
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Berkshire
now Oxfordshire
medieval Salisbury
now Oxford
  • Ron Baxter
07 May 1990, 02 December 2013

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Feature Sets

Little Coxwell is a village in the Vale of the White Horse, just S of Faringdon. The church is in the village centre,set back from the main street, and consists of a 12thc. nave and chancel with N and S porches to the nave. Romanesque work is found on the S nave and chancel doorways. The former is described below, the latter is completely plain.


10 hides in Little Coxwell were held by Earl Harold in 1066, and by the king in demesne in 1086. It subsequently followed the descent of Great Coxwell, which was granted to Bealieu Abbey in 1205.


Exterior Features



The S doorway sculpture cannot be compared with anything else in the church. It is a typical example of a Berkshire type of late-12thc plain doorway, enlivened only by the foliage decoration on the imposts.


C.E. Keyser, 'The Norman Architecture of Berkshire, repr. from Transactions of the Newbury District Field Club, V (1911), 20.

N. Pevsner, The Buildings of England. Berkshire. Harmondsworth 1966, 167-68.

G. Tyack, S. Bradley and N. Pevsner, The Buildings of England. Berkshire. New Haven and London 2010, 357-58.

Victoria County History: Berkshire IV (1924), 489-99 (included in Great Faringdon)