Church of St John the Baptist, Mongewell, Oxfordshire
- What's nearby
A romantic ruin by the Thames
This romantic partial ruin is set in attractive grounds on the east bank 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 eighteenth century.
In the chancel are two lively early eighteenth-century monuments including an exotic sculptured tomb featuring 'a man of sensibility'; reclining in Eastern costume and a turban.
A 12th century church made of “handsome stone” in a tiny parish.
A medieval treasure saved by George Gilbert Scott
A charming church on the bank of the Thames
Through the grounds of the former Carmel College, 400 metres on foot on a tarmac drive to a leafy entrance to the churchyard and level access to the south porch door. The 4 steps down to the nave.
Facilities & Hire
Due to the historic nature of our buildings, only a very small number of them have heating, running water or toilet facilities. The lighting is usually operated via a 'push button' timer or a motion sensor.
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
Nearest railway station: Cholsey (4 miles). Oxfordshire Traveline: 0870 608 2608
History & Further Information
Why not make your visit more enjoyable and informed by finding out more about this church 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 churchBerkshire Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire County Guide 2012
This free of charge short guide contains details of all the churches we care for in Berkshire, Buckinghamshire & Oxfordshire . Printed copies of the county guide are also available at the church.
All our Oxfordshire churches are in our West region.
Useful local links