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St Nicholas, Chadlington, Oxfordshire

(51°53′44″N, 1°31′2″W)
SP 333 220
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Oxfordshire
now Oxfordshire
  • Janet Newson
14 June 2011

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The village of Chadlington is situated in rolling countryside overlooking the Evenlode valley to the NW of the county, 3 miles S of Chipping Norton. The original church was Romanesque but it was remodelled in the 13thc. The present nave and aisles are Early English. The W tower was added in the early 14thc. The N aisle and windows, and the nave clerestory are Perpendicular style elements. The chancel was rebuilt in the 19thc. Surviving Romanesque features are in the S doorway, where the modern round-headed arch rests on the original Transitional jambshafts and moulded capitals, and in the nave, where there is the arched head of a blocked clerestory window above the N nave arcade.


The village may have been named after St Chad, the 8thc Northumbrian saint who was brought up in Ireland.

The Domesday Books records the that vill had a value of £2. In 1066 was under the lordship of Siward the Hunter, and 1086 the lordship passed to Reginald the Archer.

The church is now in the Benefice of Ascott-under-Wychwood, Chadlington, Enstone and Spelsbury.


Exterior Features


Interior Features

Interior Decoration


Little is known of the Romanesque church, except that it was large enough to have a clerestorey.


J. Sherwood and N. Pevsner, The Buildings of England: Oxfordshire, Harmondsworth 1974, 524-5.