All Saints' parish church
Rotherfield Peppard shown within Oxfordshire
|Population||1,473 (2001 census)|
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|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|EU Parliament||South East England|
Rotherfield Peppard (often referred to simply as Peppard by locals) is a village and civil parish in the Chiltern Hills in South Oxfordshire. It is just over 3 miles (5 km) west of Henley-on-Thames, about 5 miles (8 km) north of Reading, Berkshire and just over 1 mile (1.6 km) west of the village of Rotherfield Greys.
Rotherfield derives from the Old English redrefeld meaning "cattle lands". Within the parish is the open land of Peppard Common, once used for grazing and small timber.
Church and chapel
The Church of England parish church of All Saints was Norman, but was almost completely rebuilt in 1874. All Saints' is now a Grade II* listed building. The ecclesiastical parish is part of the united benefice of Rotherfield Peppard, Kidmore End and Sonning Common.
Social and economic history
Blount's Court is an early 19th-century house with neoclassical features. However, its interior includes a 15th-century doorway and 16th-century panelling. It was the childhood home of Francis Knollys, 1st Viscount Knollys and is now the Johnson Matthey Technology Centre.
Wyfold Court was designed by Somers Clarke and built in 1872–78 for the Lancashire cotton magnate and Conservative policitian Edward Hermon (1822–81). The building is of scarlet brick with blue brick diapers and yellow stone details. Its style combines the Flamboyant period of French Gothic architecture with a touch of Scots Baronial. The front façade has towers with corner turrets, gargoyles and traceried windows, and the garden front has mullioned bay windows, crocketed gables with heraldic beasts. Indoors, the main corridor is rib vaulted and there is a lofty staircase hall with a huge window with stained glass of royal coats of arms. In the 1970s the critic Jennifer Sherwood summarised Wyfold Court as a "Nightmare Abbey".
The village has thrice been used for settings in the television drama series Midsomer Murders and also for many of the scenes (including the eponymous house) in the Merchant Ivory Productions film Howards End.
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- All Saints' Church Rotherfield Peppard
- Sherwood & Pevsner 1974, p. 737.
- "Church of All Saints". National Heritage List for England. English Heritage. 13 February 1985. Retrieved 14 January 2012.
- Springwater, Peppard Congregational Church: History
- Sherwood & Pevsner 1974, p. 738.
- "Borocourt Hospital". National Heritage List for England. English Heritage. 13 February 1985. Retrieved 14 January 2012.
- Midsomer Murders Locations Retrieved 6 March 2007
- "Howard’s End". The Castles and Manor Houses of Cinema's Greatest Period Films. Architectural Digest. January 2013. Retrieved January 2, 2013.
- "Filming locations for Howards End (1992)". IMDb. Retrieved 6 March 2007.
- Peppard Primary School
Sources and further reading
- Sherwood, Jennifer; Pevsner, Nikolaus (1974). Oxfordshire. The Buildings of England. Harmondsworth: Penguin Books. pp. 737–738. ISBN 0-14-071045-0.
- Townley, Simon C, ed. (2011). A History of the County of Oxford, Volume 16: Binfield Hundred (Part One): Henley-on-Thames and Environs. Victoria County History. Woodbridge: Boydell and Brewer. ISBN 978-1-904356-38-7.
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