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St George, Hatford, Berkshire

(51°39′3″N, 1°30′51″W)
SU 337 948
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Berkshire
now Oxfordshire
medieval Salisbury
now Oxford
  • Ron Baxter
07 May 1990, 04 December 2013

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Hatford is a small village in the Vale of the White Horse, between Faringdon and Wantage. The medieval church of St George fell into ruin after the Rector, George Burder James had a new one built, dedicated to the Holy Trinity (William Wigginton, 1873-74). This was sold for residentual use, and the medieval church here recorded was re-roofed and put back into service in 1971. It is a long, low, aisleless church of c.1130-50, with a carved S doorway and chancel arch. The priest's doorway, added c.1200, has no carving.


Hatford was held by two brothers in 1066, each of whom had a hall. In 1086 it was held by Payne from Gilbert de Breteuil and was assessed at 10 hides with a church and 100 acres of meadow. Hatford had passed from the overlordship of the Breteuils to the Columbars by the beginning of the 13thc, and the actual tenants were to take the name of the manor. Thus in the reign of Henry III it was Robert de Hatford.


Exterior Features


Interior Features


Chancel arch/Apse arches

Although the chancel arch and S doorway are close in date, there are strong indications that they are the products of different workshops. The treatment of bases and imposts are strikingly different, and while both have scallop capitals, they are of different types and proportions.


N. Pevsner, The Buildings of England. Berkshire. Harmondsworth 1966, 154.

G. Tyack, S. Bradley and N. Pevsner, The Buildings of England. Berkshire. New Haven and London 2010, 325-26,

Victoria County History: Berkshire IV (1924), 461-63.