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St Frideswide, Frilsham, Berkshire

(51°27′18″N, 1°13′37″W)
SU 538 732
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Berkshire
now West Berkshire
medieval Salisbury
now Oxford
  • Ron Baxter
28 August 1990, 19 November 2013

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Feature Sets

Frilsham is a village in the Pang valley in West Berkshire, 10 miles W of Reading and immediately south of the M4. The village rambles along a network of lanes in this hilly, wooded part of the county, and the church and manor house are at the western end of the village, near the River Pang. The church is 12thc., with an aisleless nave and chancel with N and S nave doorways and two windows remaining. Only the N doorway is carved. Mee (1939) recorded a plain Norman font, but this does not survive.


The manor was among the holdings of Henry de Ferrers in 1086, but there is no mention of a church. At that time it was held of Henry de Ferrers by Roger, and by 1173-74 the lord of the manor was Sir Ralph Peche. The advowson seems to have remained with the manor in the medieval period.


Exterior Features



The trefoil capital derives ultimately from Reading Abbey, but this doorway is probably of c.1150.


C. E. Keyser, 'Notes on the Churches of Frilsham, Yattendon, Ashampstead, Hampstead Norreys and Aldworth'', Berks, Bucks and Oxon Archaeological Journal, 21 (1915), 1-9, 33-39, 65-71, 97-108.

A. Mee (ed.), The King's England: Berkshire. London 1939, 96-97.

N. Pevsner, The Buildings of England. Berkshire. Harmondsworth 1966, 144-45.

G. Tyack, S. Bradley and N. Pevsner, The Buildings of England. Berkshire. New Haven and London 2010, 308-09.

Victoria History of the Counties of England: Berkshire. London. Vol. 4 (1924), 70-73.