Church Hanborough

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Church Hanborough
ChurchHanborough SSPeter&Paul SouthEast.JPG
SS Peter and Paul parish church
Church Hanborough is located in Oxfordshire
Church Hanborough
Church Hanborough
 Church Hanborough shown within Oxfordshire
OS grid reference SP4212
Civil parish Hanborough
District West Oxfordshire
Shire county Oxfordshire
Region South East
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Postcode district OX29
Dialling code 01993
Police Thames Valley
Fire Oxfordshire
Ambulance South Central
EU Parliament South East England
UK Parliament Witney
Website Hanborough Online
List of places

Coordinates: 51°48′00″N 1°22′59″W / 51.800°N 1.383°W / 51.800; -1.383

Church Hanborough is a village in Hanborough civil parish about 5 miles (8 km) northeast of Witney in Oxfordshire.


The Domesday Book of 1086 records the village as Haneberge.[citation needed]

The Church of England parish church of Saints Peter and Paul was built in the 12th century.[1] It was remodelled and the spire added in about 1399.[2]

The tower has a ring of six bells. Joseph Carter of Reading, Berkshire cast the fourth bell in 1602, Richard I Purdue of Somerset cast the fifth bell in 1603 and Robert Atton of Buckingham cast the third bell in 1615.[3] Robert II Wells of Aldbourne, Wiltshire cast the tenor bell in 1786 and James Wells, also of Aldbourne, cast the second bell in 1807.[3] Mears and Stainbank of the Whitechapel Bell Foundry cast the treble bell in 1956. There is also a Sanctus bell that Richard Keene of Woodstock cast in 1668.[3]

The church has a 17th-century clock of unknown date.[4] It has wheel trains end-to-end and a crown wheel and verge escapement in original condition.[4]

The church is a Grade I listed building.[5]

The parish is now part of the Benefice of Hanborough and Freeland.[6]

A National School near the church was built in 1832 and enlarged in 1872.[7] It was closed in 1959 and converted into a private house in 1961.[7]


Church Hanborough has a public house, the Hand and Shears, that is controlled by Charles Wells Brewery.[8]



  1. ^ Sherwood & Pevsner 1974, p. 543.
  2. ^ Sherwood & Pevsner 1974, p. 544.
  3. ^ a b c Davies, Peter (13 January 2009). "Church Hanborough SS Peter & Paul". Dove's Guide for Church Bell Ringers. Central Council of Church Bell Ringers. Retrieved 25 March 2012. 
  4. ^ a b Beeson & Simcock 1989, pp. 38–39.
  5. ^ "Church of St Peter and St Paul". National Heritage List for England. English Heritage. Retrieved 26 January 2012. 
  6. ^ Archbishops' Council. "Benefice of Hanborough and Freeland". A Church Near You. Church of England. Retrieved 26 January 2012. 
  7. ^ a b Crossley & Elrington 1990, p. 178.
  8. ^ Hand and Shears

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