St Margaret's Church, Catmore, Berkshire
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A small downland church with twefth-century origins
St Margaret's is a small, isolated church on the Berkshire Downs. Mainly twelfth 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.
Alabaster nobles and wall paintings in a rural idyll
A Gothic Revival gem
A church built by the people, for the people. A church from our finest shortlist.
Park in the farm parking area just off the approaching road. Pedestrians to cross the road and enter the gate to the left of Catmore Farmhouse. Follow the path along the side of a barn, up the steps and through the corner of the field. Enter the churchyard through the gate on the right.
Please note that parking is not permitted on the drive to Catmore Farmhouse.
Disabled access information
Disabled access as pedestrian access outlined.
Facilities & Hire
Due to the historic nature of our buildings, only a small number have heating, running water or toilet facilities. The lighting is usually operated via a 'push button' timer or a motion sensor.
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.
Nearest railway station: Didcot Parkway (7.9 miles)
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 church.Berkshire, Buckinghamshire & Oxfordshire County Guide
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 Margaret's Church, Catmore guidebook
Click here to download a copy of the Church Plan which sets out the shared vision for the future 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!
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