Church of St John the Baptist, Mongewell, Oxfordshire
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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.
We are currently undertaking essential repairs to the roof of the chancel. Please note that the church will be closed in February and March 2024
A charming church on the bank of the Thames
A Thames-side landmark
A church built by the people, for the people. A church from our finest shortlist.
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.St. John's Mongewell Guidebook
Click on the link below to download a copy of the church plan which sets out the shared vision for the future of the church.
Church plans are a living document which combines information on the church’s history and its current use, outlines maintenance and repair needs, combines this with feedback and recommendations from the community, and concludes with an action plan setting out agreed short, medium and long term goals to support the sustainable use and care of the church.
This is a working document that will be updated on a regular basis. If you have any feedback or if you want to contact us about the church plan please drop us a line. When you write, please do give the name of the church, thank you!Mongewell Church Plan 2023.pdf