Parish church of Saints Peter and Paul
Checkendon shown within Oxfordshire
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Checkendon is a village and civil parish about 6 miles (10 km) west of Henley-on-Thames in South Oxfordshire and about 9 miles (14 km) north west of Reading in Berkshire. The parish has a record of continuous settlement since the 7th century. It is listed in the Domesday Book as Cecadene (Old English for "Ceaca's hill or hill-pasture"). The parish covers about 1,500 hectares (3,700 acres) and lies between 150 metres (490 ft) and 170 metres (560 ft) above sea level.
The Church of England parish church of Saint Peter and Saint Paul is a 12th-century Norman building. All but one of the windows were replaced later in the Middle Ages with Decorated Gothic and Perpendicular Gothic ones, and the Perpendicular Gothic west tower is also a later addition. The building is Grade I listed.
The church has an early 13th-century wall painting of Christ in Majesty above a procession of Apostles. The murals were faithfully repainted when they were rediscovered, but more recently this has been considered over-restoration.
The bell tower has a ring of eight bells. Four were cast by Lester and Pack in 1765, two were cast in 1879 by Mears and Stainbank and two more cast by Mears and Stainbank were added in 1967. The turret clock is by Tucker of London, dated 1853.
Saints Peter & Paul parish is now a member of The Langtree Team Ministry: a Church of England benefice that includes also the parishes of Ipsden, North Stoke, Stoke Row, Whitchurch-on-Thames and Woodcote.
War artist Eric Kennington (1888–1960), who was churchwarden, is buried here.
Checkendon also has a village green with a playground
the village has two gastropubs: the 15th-century Four Horseshoes within the village and the 17th-century Highwayman to the south in the nearby hamlet of Exlade Street. There is also The Black Horse at Scots Common.
The Hookend Recording Studio, in the manor house at nearby Hook End, was once owned by David Gilmour of the band Pink Floyd and is now owned by Mark White, singer/songwriter with the band Godnose.
Two bus routes serve Checkendon:
- Reading Transport route 142, Reading – Woodcote – Checkendon
- White's Coaches route 145, Woodcote – Checkendon – Henley
- "Area: Checkendon CP (Parish): Parish Headcounts". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 8 March 2010.
- "Checkendon Village: A Brief History" at checkendon.org
- Sherwood & Pevsner 1974, pp. 533–534.
- "Church of St Peter and St Paul, Checkendon" at britishlistedbuildings.co.uk
- Long 1972, p. 90.
- Oxford Diocesan Guild of Church Bell Ringers, Reading Branch
- "St. Peter and St. Paul, Checkendon", guide available at the church, published July 1978
- The Langtree Team Ministry
- Checkendon Church of England Primary School
- The Highwayman
- The Black Horse at beerintheevening.com
- Checkendon Equestrian Centre
- Checkendon Cricket Club at checkendon.org
- Berkshire Cricket League
- Philip Koomen Furniture
- Long, E.T. (1972). "Medieval Wall Paintings in Oxfordshire Churches". Oxoniensia (Oxfordshire Architectural and Historical Society). XXXVII: 106–107.
- Sherwood, Jennifer; Pevsner, Nikolaus (1974). Oxfordshire. The Buildings of England. Harmondsworth: Penguin Books. pp. 533–534. ISBN 0-14-071045-0.
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