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St Mary, Souldern, Oxfordshire

(52°3′31″N, 1°26′13″W)
SP 387 402
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Oxfordshire
now Oxfordshire
medieval Lincoln
now Oxford
  • John Blair
  • Sarah Blair
19 Sept 1991

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The church consists of a rebuilt 13thc chancel, a nave with a late Romanesque N door, a 14thc S aisle incorporating fragments of the late Romanesque arcade, and a late Romanesque W tower of four stages defined by double-chamfered string-courses. This tower was rebuilt in facsimile with much original material in 1906, including the simple round-headed windows and twin belfry openings. The foundations of the apsidal chancel were found in 1896 (VCH vi, 310).


The church was given before 1161 to Eynsham Abbey by Jordan de Say, for the soul of his son William on the day of his burial in the Abbey (Eynsham Cart. i, 118).


Exterior Features


Interior Features


Tower/Transept arches

Interior Decoration





The tower was possibly, although not certainly, earlier than the doorway and the two arcade fragments. The quality of the doorway is much higher than that of the arcade fragments, though all are of the late 12thc.

The capital reused as the base of the easternmost pier may originally have had spurs; it may be later than the other reused capital.


Victoria County History, Oxfordshire, VI (1959), 309-11.

N. Pevsner and J. Sherwood, The Buildings of England. Oxfordshire, London, 1974, 768-69.