Parish church of Saints Peter and Paul
|Checkendon shown within Oxfordshire|
|Area||9.85 km2 (3.80 sq mi)|
|Population||493 (2011 census)|
|• Density||50/km2 (130/sq mi)|
|OS grid reference|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|EU Parliament||South East England|
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 on a mid-height swathe of the Chilterns.
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.
After World War II Checkendon hosted a National Assistance Board camp for Polish war refugees displaced from Middle East and Africa. The camp, located at Checkendon outskirts was opened in 1948 and offered accommodation in Nissen huts and was closed in early 60's.
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.
The village has two pubs: 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.
Two bus routes serve Checkendon:
- Reading Buses 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 Archived 25 February 2012 at the Wayback Machine.
- Zosia Biegus (2013). Polish resettlement camps in England and Wales 1946-1969. ISBN 978-0-9569934-9-6.
- The camp was situated at
- Sherwood & Pevsner 1974, pp. 533–534.
- "Church of St Peter and St Paul, Checkendon" at britishlistedbuildings.co.uk Archived 4 March 2016 at the Wayback Machine.
- Long 1972, p. 90.
- Oxford Diocesan Guild of Church Bell Ringers, Reading Branch Archived 3 March 2016 at the Wayback Machine.
- "St. Peter and St. Paul, Checkendon", guide available at the church, published July 1978
- The Langtree Team Ministry Archived 21 August 2016 at the Wayback Machine.
- Checkendon Church of England Primary School[permanent dead link]
- Geograph.org.uk Archived 3 March 2016 at the Wayback Machine.
- The Highwayman Archived 12 March 2012 at the Wayback Machine.
- The Black Horse at beerintheevening.com Archived 3 March 2016 at the Wayback Machine.
- Checkendon Equestrian Centre Archived 3 March 2016 at the Wayback Machine.
- Checkendon Cricket Club at checkendon.org Archived 25 February 2012 at the Wayback Machine.
- Berkshire Cricket League Archived 4 January 2012 at the Wayback Machine.
- Philip Koomen Furniture Archived 4 March 2016 at the Wayback Machine.
- Reading-buses.co.uk Archived 20 September 2012 at the Wayback Machine.
- Whitescoaches.com Archived 27 February 2012 at the Wayback Machine.
- 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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