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St George, Kelmscott, Oxfordshire

(51°41′34″N, 1°38′28″W)
SU 249 994
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Oxfordshire
now Oxfordshire
medieval St George
now St George
  • Janet Newson
  • Nicola Coldstream
17 September 2013, 19 August 2014

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This is a small church of cruciform plan. The nave, N aisle and probably chancel are of Transitional style, from c. 1190. The transepts were added c. 1260. Romanesque features are the late 12thc S doorway, an arch in the N wall of the chancel, the N arcade of four bays, the tube font, and the capital reused as a piscina.


Kelmscott belongs to the Shill Valley and Broadshire benefice. The settlement of Kelmscott belonged to the estate of Broadwell and is not mentioned in a separate entry in the Domesday Book. A chapel, dependent on Broadwell parish church, was established at Kelmscott sometime between the late 11thc and 1200 (VCH, 140). The chapel existed until 1430, by then dedicated to St George.


Exterior Features


Interior Features





Piscinae/Pillar Piscinae


The decorated capitals of the N nave arcade can be compared with similar arcades at Langford and Little Faringdon, Oxfordshire, both nearby, and all were probably executed by the same masons.

The capital reused for the piscina is of similar octagonal type to those in the N arcade.


J. Sherwood and N. Pevsner, The Buildings of England: Oxfordshire. Harmondsworth 1974, 665-6.

Victoria County History: Oxfordshire, XVII, 111-145.