Church of St John the Baptist, Mongewell, Oxfordshire

Address: Mongewell, Wallingford, Oxfordshire, OX10 8BU
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A romantic ruin by the Thames

This romantic partial ruin is set in attractive grounds on the east back of the Thames, in the grounds of the former Carmel College. The Ridgeway Path passes close to the church making it a pleasant place to stop during a walk.

It now consists of a small chancel of Norman origin, ruined nave walls and a slender west brick tower dating from Shute Barrington’s picturesque Gothic restoration in the late 18th century.

In the chancel are two lively early 18th century monuments including an exotic sculptured tomb featuring 'a man of sensibility’ reclining in Eastern costume and a turban.

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Road directions

2.5 miles south of Wallingford via A4074 Portway road; take right turn immediately after junction with A4130 Nosworthy Way; track leads to Mongewell Park (former Carmel College); go through grounds to River Thames; church/ruin near to river

Public transport information

Nearest railway station: Cholsey (4 miles). Oxfordshire Traveline: 0870 608 2608

OS Reference No.

SU 610 877

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You can download a range of publications below including the relevant county guide, and any walk round guides we have for this church.







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  1. Anonymous (05 Dec 2011, 18:51)

    We visited St John the Baptist Church, Mongewell on Tuesday 29th November, because my husband's relation was Bishop Shute Barrington and we had no idea that he was buried at Mongewell always thinking that he was in Durham Cathedral. We were given the information by the rural dean the Reverend Edward Carter, another generation but a relation as well, who was told of its existance by a fellow clergyman. If possible we would like to purchase some guides to distribute to the rest of the family so they can also visit the church and look at the Barrington monument. The last living Barrington was my husband's uncle Viscount Barrington, Baron Shute, his mother's brother, who also sat in the House of Lords.
    We were just able to read the inscription on his tomb and will look into the family records more closely.

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Church of St John the Baptist, Mongewell, Oxfordshire

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If the access information for this church is listed as 'Keyholder nearby', this means that the key is kept by one of our invaluable volunteer 'keyholders', who usually live just a short walk from the church and can give visitors the key; sometimes this is a nearby hotel, pub, library, art gallery or other venue. You will find instructions explaining how to get the key when you arrive at the church.

Facilities

Due to the historic nature of our buildings, only a very small number of them have heating or running water meaning that they can be cold, and very rarely have toilet facilities. The lighting is usually operated via a 'push button' timer or a motion sensor. We do apologise for any inconvenience the lack of facilities may cause.