Church Hanborough

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Church Hanborough
ChurchHanborough SSPeter&Paul SE.jpg
SS Peter and Paul parish church
Church Hanborough is located in Oxfordshire
Church Hanborough
Church Hanborough
Location within Oxfordshire
OS grid referenceSP4212
Civil parish
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townWitney
Postcode districtOX29
Dialling code01993
PoliceThames Valley
AmbulanceSouth Central
UK Parliament
WebsiteHanborough Online
List of places
51°48′00″N 1°22′59″W / 51.800°N 1.383°W / 51.800; -1.383Coordinates: 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]

Parish church[edit]

12th-century Norman north doorway of St Peter and Paul parish church

The Church of England parish church of Saints Peter and Paul was built before 1130, when Henry I granted its advowson to Reading Abbey, which he had founded nine years earlier. Surviving 12th century features include Norman tympanum of the north door, which is a relief of Saint Peter with the Lamb of God and the lion of Saint Mark. Early in the 13th century the chancel and chancel arch were rebuilt, the north chapel was extended eastwards, the height of the aisles was increased, the north and south porches were added and a west tower was built.[1][2]

In 1399 Pope Boniface IX granted an indulgence to contributors to the church fabric. Immediately after this the church was remodelled in Perpendicular Gothic style. The west tower was completely rebuilt and the spire and western buttresses added. Then the nave was remodelled with new north and south arcades of delicate octagonal columns. Later in the 15th century new windows were inserted in most parts of the church, and traceried wooden screens were inserted in the chancel arch and at the west ends of the north and south chapels. The arcades are similar to those of St Peter and Paul parish church, Northleach, Gloucestershire, and it has been suggested that they are the work of the same master mason.[2] Sources differ as to when the nave clerestory with its low-pitched roof was added. Jennifer Sherwood in The Buildings of England includes it in the early 15th-century remodelling,[1] but the Victoria County History attributes it to the early 16th century.[2]

The spire and other parts of the church were repaired in 1660–62 and much of the roof was repaired in 1778–79 and 1799–1800. At some date, perhaps in the 18th century, a singers' gallery was added. There is a record of it existing in about 1806, and it was removed in 1845–47.[2] In 1860 the church was restored to designs by the architect Samuel Seckham. The 15th century east window of the chancel was removed and replaced by a Gothic Revival one in a 14th-century style. The set of three 15th century wooden screens was to be removed, had not the then Bishop of Oxford, Samuel Wilberforce, personally intervened to save them.[2] In 1892 the west door was opened and the 15th century font moved to its present position under the west tower, and the 15th century pulpit was repaired and lowered to its original level. The spire was repaired in 1972.[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]

Parish school[edit]

Former National School in Church Road

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


The Hand and Shears public house

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

Notable residents[edit]

Among past residents of Church Hanborough are:


  1. ^ a b Sherwood & Pevsner 1974, p. 544.
  2. ^ a b c d e f Crossley & Elrington 1990, pp. 173–177.
  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 1989, pp. 38–39.
  5. ^ Historic England. "Church of St Peter and St Paul (Grade I) (1052991)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 26 January 2012.
  6. ^ Archbishops' Council. "Benefice of Hanborough and Freeland". A Church Near You. Church of England. Archived from the original on 4 November 2012. Retrieved 26 January 2012.
  7. ^ Crossley & Elrington 1990, p. 178.
  8. ^ "Pub Search". Charles Wells Brewery. Retrieved 17 May 2019.
  9. ^ a b "Church Hanborough & Long Hanborough". VisitorUK.

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