Fawley, Berkshire

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Church of England parish church of St Mary the Virgin, viewed from the south

Fawley is a village and civil parish in West Berkshire, England. It is about 4.5 miles (7.2 km) east of Lambourn and about 0.5 miles (800 m) west of the A338 road.

The village is more properly called "Great Fawley"[1] or "North Fawley" to distinguish it from South Fawley or Little Fawley, which is within the parish but 0.75 miles (1.2 km) further south.

Parish church[edit]

In the nave of St Mary's, looking east towards the chancel

The Church of England parish church of Saint Mary the Virgin was designed by the architect George Edmund Street and built in 1865–66.[1] It has one stained glass window by William Morris.[1] The chancel has a reredos that includes a mosaic by Salviati and a Crucifixion carved by Thomas Earp.[1]

The church replaces a Medieval one that stood slightly further east and was demolished in 1866.[2] No record of the old church was made before its demolition.[2] The new church incorporates original Early English fragments that suggest the former church was at least partly late 12th or early 13th century.[2]

In fiction[edit]

Fawley is the original "Marygreen" of Thomas Hardy Jude the Obscure. Jude's surname was Fawley, and he set the novel there because it was the home of Hardy's grandmother, who had a very depressing childhood. The house in which she lived is now called Jude Cottage.


  1. ^ a b c d Pevsner, p. 148.
  2. ^ a b c Page & Ditchfield 1924, pp. 174–178.


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Coordinates: 51°31′44″N 1°26′06″W / 51.529°N 1.435°W / 51.529; -1.435