St Thomas' Church, East Shefford, Berkshire

Address: East Shefford, Hungerford, Berkshire, RG17 7EF
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Alabaster nobles and wall paintings in a rural idyll

This simple little church, with pre-Norman origins, stands in an idyllic spot beside a water meadow next to the River Lambourn.

Its village has long since vanished, but the spirit of the villagers shines through in the church’s simple craftsmanship, glorious Medieval wallpaintings and fabulous tombs.

The alabaster statue of local noble Sir Thomas Fettiplace lies alongside that of his wife and gives a rare glimpse of 15th-century fashion.

Look out for the lovely Norman tub font, an early Medieval tomb, and fragments of early stained glass.

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Road directions

2 miles north east of M4 junction 14, off A338 (Wantage Road)

Public transport information

Nearest railway station: Kintbury (5 miles). Bus route 4.

OS Reference No.

SU 391 747

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. Malcolm Parker (18 Jul 2011, 17:01)

    The joyful faces of the angels on the wall paintings contrast vividly with the alabaster monument and military helmet. But for me the hand made, decorated floor tiles although very modern in comparison beautifully compliment the simple, slightly rustic nature of this lovely church.

  2. Alan Grove (22 Jun 2012, 15:54)

    As Simon Jenkins in his book this church has everything as well as a superb rural setting. We have visited over 120 of the Trust churches and this is probably our favourite(second visit).

  3. Michael Jones (15 Aug 2012, 15:18)

    I visited this delightful church on 14 August. Members thinking of visiting this church should note that access is not at all clear, being via the drive to a private estate. Park to the right of the wrought iron gates by the "Church Parking" notice. Follow the public bridlepath over the bridge and then fork right towards a modern looking cottage. Access to the church is via a kissing-gate to the left.
    There were no guide books when I visited.

  4. Mauarice John Day (31 Aug 2013, 21:29)

    Rev Stephen Brown and Sarah Brown who are named on the Stone in the Nave of this church are ancestors of my wife whose maiden name was Brown. We visited on 15 July 2002 and were looking for Holy Innocents Church which I believe was built by Rev Stephen Brown and has been demolished. We have a picture which we believe is of Holy Innocents and some of a man whom we assume to be Rev Stephen Brown

    I have been unable to find any official mention of Holy Innocents In Berkshire or Oxfordshire records but believe that it was on the opposite side of the main road (and river)

  5. Enrique Mendez (03 Oct 2013, 10:15)

    This little church is a real gem. The setting is truly superb.

  6. kathryn Brock (22 Oct 2013, 16:20)

    This church is in one of the most beautiful settings I have seen.The inside is atmospheric and interesting. Such a peaceful place, on the lambourn

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Community information for St Thomas' Church, East Shefford

 

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 Thomas' Church, East Shefford, 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.