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St Margaret, Little Faringdon, Oxfordshire

(51°42′39″N, 1°40′27″W)
Little Faringdon
SP 226 014
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Oxfordshire
now Oxfordshire
medieval unknown
now St Margaret
  • Janet Newson
  • John Blair
  • Nicola Coldstream
  • Sarah Blair
16 September 1991, 19 August 2014

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Little Faringdon is a hamlet in SW Oxfordshire, close to the river Thames and the Gloucestershire boundary. The present church consists of chancel, nave and N aisle. The chancel is simple 12thc, the nave and aisle Transitional. The Romanesque features are a mutilated tympanum re-set over the N aisle doorway, paired round-headed windows in both side walls of the chancel and a similar window in the nave W wall, a plain string course, a corbel table of roll billets, the responds of the pointed chancel arch, and the arcades whose responds and piers bear typical Transitional decoration and also human heads at the apex of the round arches as well as serving as hoodmould stops.


Little Faringdon was one of a group of manors given by King John to the Cistercian Abbey of Beaulieu, Hants, in 1205. From the Dissolution in 1538, and perhaps earlier, until 1864 Little Faringdon was a chapel of ease to Langford.


Exterior Features


Exterior Decoration

String courses
Corbel tables, corbels

Interior Features


Chancel arch/Apse arches






The style of the arcade suits the donation date of 1205. The arcade belongs to a distinctive local group (others at Langford, Inglesham and Kelmscott) of Transitional arcades with moulded arches and proficient capitals.


J. Sherwood and N. Pevsner, The Buildings of England: Oxfordshire. Harmondsworth 1974, 684-5.