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St Michael, Eaton Hastings, Berkshire

(51°41′4″N, 1°37′15″W)
Eaton Hastings
SU 263 985
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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Eaton Hastings is a sparsely populated settlement some 2 miles NW of Faringdon in the western part of the county. The church stands in farmland on the S bank of the Thames. It has an aisleless nave with opposed N and S doorways, the former now enclosed in a vestry and the is a bellcote over the W gable. There was a 13thc. S aisle, which has been removed leaving the arcade visible on the interior. Long, square-ended chancel. The church was restored by Champion, 1870-73. The following 12thc. work is described below: the N nave doorway, windows in the nave and chancel N walls, chancel arch jambs and font.


The manor of 20 hides was held by Walter son of Poyntz in 1086, except for 3 hides that Poyntz had given to St Peter's, Westminster pro anima sua. Subsequently the entire manor was held by the Hastings family, presumed to descend from Poyntz, until the death in 1278 of William de Hastings, who left a daughter as heir - Joan, the wife of Sir Benedict de Blakenham.


Exterior Features



Interior Features


Chancel arch/Apse arches




Pevsner (1966) calls the nave window and N doorway Early Norman, and the chancel arch c.1200. Tyack agrees except that he moves the chancel arch to the late 12thc. Both sources appear to believe that the chamfered pointed arch and the imposts are of the same date, while the present author suggests a later (13thc) date for the arch and an earl;y 12thc date for the jambs, which would then be contemporary with the other Norman features in the nave and chancel. The font is of c.1200 at the earliest.


A. Mee (ed.), The King's England: Berkshire. London 1939, 89.

N. Pevsner, The Buildings of England. Berkshire. Harmondsworth 1966, 135.

G. Tyack, S. Bradley and N. Pevsner, The Buildings of England. Berkshire. New Haven and London 2010, 289-90.

Victoria County History: Berkshire IV (1924), 528-31.