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Inglesham
St. John the Baptist's Church


St. John the Baptist at Inglesham was the favourite church of William Morris from nearby Kelmscott. Its rustic charm epitomised the ancient buildings that he tried so hard to preserve. It is hidden away down a tiny road off the A361, just south of Lechlade, so watch out for the sign by the roadside if you don't want to miss it.

There was a church here in Saxon times and a fine carving of a Madonna and Child survives from that time, embedded in the wall of the South Aisle. The Hand of God hovers above her and the word 'Maria' is cut into the stone. The present building is mostly 13th century and wall paintings can still be seen from this time. The whole interior has a rather crowded feeling, with high 18th century box-pews intermingled amongst more delicately carved screens dating from three hundred years earlier. There was once a superb knightly brass in the centre of the chancel, but now only its impression remains.

The Church is owned and opened to the public by the Churches Conservation Trust. Admission free, but donations welcome.

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