St Thomas' Church, East Shefford, Berkshire
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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 fifteenth-century fashion.
Look out for the lovely Norman tub font, an early Medieval tomb, and fragments of early stained glass.
A Gothic Revival gem
A small downland church with twelfth-century origins
A church built by the people, for the people. A church from our finest shortlist.
Park outside the large gates to the estate (signposted "church parking"). Walk through the pedestrian gate onto the estate, over the bridge and take the right hand turn at the junction. Access to estate via a standard door width pedestrian gate which leads to a gravelled lane. Access to churchyard is via kissing gate. There are no steps.
Facilities & Hire
Due to the historic nature of our buildings, only a very small number of them have heating, running water and toilet facilities.The lighting is usually operated via a 'push button' timer or a motion sensor.
2 miles north east of M4 junction 14, off A338 (Wantage Road)
Nearest railway station: Kintbury (5 miles). Bus route 4.
History & Further 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.Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire County Guide.
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.
Community information for St Thomas' Church, East Shefford
All our Berkshire churches are in CCT's West region.
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