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Holy Rood, Shilton, Oxfordshire

(51°46′21″N, 1°36′51″W)
SP 267 083
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Oxfordshire
now Oxfordshire
  • John Blair
  • Sarah Blair
16 September 1991

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Shilton is a village by the river Shill, 1.5 NW of Carterton and a similar distance SE of Burford. The church of the Holy Rood consists of a C13th chancel, Romanesque nave and S aisle, C13th N porch and C15th W tower. Restoration from 1884 by G. E. Street. There is a small round-headed window in the E wall of the S aisle. The chancel arch was probably adapted in the C13th from a Romanesque arch with plain square jambs.


Not mentioned in Domesday Book and rather obscure. A member of Faringdon manor in the C13th, owned by the Cistercian abbey of Beaulieu, Hampshire, from this time down to the Dissolution.


Exterior Features


Interior Features



The painted decoration and lead-filled pupils of the sculptured heads are particularly striking.


N. Pevsner and J. Sherwood, The Buildings of England. Oxfordshire (London, 1974), p. 754f.