St Margaret's Church, Catmore, Berkshire

Address: Catmore, Newbury, Berkshire, RG20 7HN
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A small downland church with 12th-century origins

St Margaret’s is a small, isolated church on the Berkshire Downs. Mainly 12th-century (the south doorway and font are of that period), it was much restored in 1845 and 1891.

The fine nave roof dates to 1607. Inside it is rustic and harmonious, clear windows illuminating cartwheel chandeliers, simple furnishings and a flagstone floor.

A single bell of 1700 hangs in the little bellcote.

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Road directions

8 miles north of Newbury and 7 miles south east of Wantage; Catmore is signposted from Lilley on B4494 and from West Ilsley, itself signposted from A34. The church is visible beyond a private drive, but is accessed by a footpath besides the black barn. There is a 'historic church' finger post and the route is clearly marked through several gates.

Public transport information

Nearest railway station: Didcot Parkway (7.9 miles)

OS Reference No.

SU 454 801

What’s on & news

News

16/07/14 Wendy Leaney impressed the judges with her skillfully sculpted creation made out of homemade lime and elderflower cordial

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Useful information

Why not make your visit more enjoyable and informed by finding out more about this church and the CCT before you visit?

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







PDF iconBerkshire, Buckinghamshire & Oxfordshire County Guide (PDF, 4.7mb)

This free of charge short guide contains details of all the churches CCT cares for in Berkshire, Buckinghamshire & Oxfordshire. Printed copies of the county guide are also available at the church.

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Comments

  1. Heather McGuinness (16 Aug 2011, 18:55)

    My ancestors lived in Lilly, Catmore during the 1800s and I believe many Barrett's are buried in the churchyard. A delightful church and I would love to hear from anyone who has any information on the Barrett family.

  2. Anonymous (27 Aug 2011, 17:10)

    A gem, with real atmosphere. Well worth a visit.

  3. Alan Grove (22 Jun 2012, 15:51)

    What makes this church even more interesting is its setting.A farmhouse with Elizabethan origins is close by and you can still see the flint path that led to the medieval market site.

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Community information for St Magaret's Church, Catmore

 

All our Berkshire churches are in CCT’s West region.

Useful local links

Berkshire Local History Association 

Berkshire Family History Society 

Royal County of Berkshire Historic Churches Trust 

List of Berkshire churches 

Berkshire is in the Diocese of Oxford 

Berkshire history website 

Berkshire Record Office

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St Margaret's Church, Catmore, Berkshire

Keyholder

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.