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St James, Leckhampstead, Berkshire

(51°28′52″N, 1°22′4″W)
SU 440 760
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Berkshire
now West Berkshire
medieval Salisbury
now Oxford
  • Ron Baxter
31 July 1998, 20 November 2013

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Leckhampstead is a village in West Berkshire, 6 miles NW of Newbury. The present church is by S. S. Teulon, 1858-60, but contains an elaborately carved 12thc. font. This church replaced an 11thc one, known as Leckhampstead Chapel or Old Church, situated 0.6 miles to the E, which was demolished in 1859 leaving only foundations, since overgrown.


Leckhampstead belonged to Abingdon Abbey in 1086, and was held by one Reinbald. Leckhampstead is here linked with Weston and Boxford, also held from the Abbot, and a church is mentioned although its location is ambiguous.





Tyack, Bradley and Pevsner (2010) describe the font as "Norman, cup-shaped, with vigorously carved leaf friezes at top and bottom". The heavy foliage projecting strongly from the plain bowl is unique in the county, but must ultimately derive from work at Reading Abbey where similar furled leaf and fruit motifs occur.


N. Pevsner, The Buildings of England. Berkshire. Harmondsworth 1966, 166.

G. Tyack, S. Bradley and N. Pevsner, The Buildings of England. Berkshire. New Haven and London 2010, 354.

Victoria County History: Berkshire IV (1924), 55-70.