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St Peter, Drayton, Oxfordshire

(52°4′16″N, 1°22′37″W)
SP 428 416
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Oxfordshire
now Oxfordshire
medieval St Peter
now St Peter
  • Janet Newson
09 Aug 2012

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Feature Sets

Drayton is in N Oxfordshire, 2 miles NW of Banbury. The little ironstone church is hidden in a steep valley to the S of the village. It comprises a chancel, clerestoried and aisled nave and a low W tower. There is no record of it until 1223, and it is now mainly 14thc., much restored. It has a Romanesque priest's doorway, re-used in a restoration of 1878 when a vestry was built S of the chancel.


The English thegn Turchil of Arden was one of few Englishmen to retain land after the Conquest, and in 1086 he still held 5 hides at Drayton. But, when William II created the Earldom of Warwick, probably in 1089, he gave Turchil's estates to Henry, the first earl. However, no reference to their tenancy of Drayton has been found before 1204. Drayton church is not mentioned until 1223, the date of the first presentation. This was made by Sir Thomas Arden, lord of the manor, and thereafter the advowson seems to have descended with the manor until the 14thc.

The church belongs to the Ironstone Benefice of Alkerton, Balscote, Drayton, Hanwell, Horley, Horton, Shenington and Wroxton.


Exterior Features



The re-used Romanesque priest's doorway (Sherwood and Pevsner, 1974) is not mentioned in VCH, and its provenance is unclear. There is a plain font of uncertain date, not described here.


J. Chard (rector), The Ironstone Churches Trail, church leaflet, n.p., n.d.

J. Sherwood and N. Pevsner, The Buildings of England: Oxfordshire. Harmondsworth 1974, 587.

Victoria County History: Oxfordshire, 9 (1969), 103-12.