Wickham, St Swithun's Church
History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
HERITAGE HIGHLIGHTS: Late Saxon tower, Victorian elephant decoration, and a nicely carved Victorian font cover
St Swithun's appears to have begun as a chapel of ease for nearby Welford. In 686 AD Ceadwalla, King of Wessex, granted both Welford and Wickham to Abingdon Abbey, and two churches are mentioned in the Domesday Book (though one reference may be to East Shefford church). The monks of Abingdon acted as priests for Wickham until the Abbey was dissolved by Henry VIII.
Note the pair of carved pew ends, flanking the central nave aisle. The carvings are thought to have been designed and personally carved by Sir Giles Gilbert Scott. At the west end is a glass case containing a chasuble dating to 1552.
Summing up St Swithun's
A very enjoyable country church in a peaceful location. The ancient tower is fascinating, and the elephant decoration adds a wonderfully Victorian bit of eccentricity to this historic building.
About Wickham, St Swithun's
Address: Church Hill, Wickham, Berkshire, England, RG20 8HA
Attraction Type: Historic Church
Location: On Church Hill, beside the rectory. There is a small parking area outside the church, which is on the left side of the road as you go up the hill.
Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express
NEARBY HISTORIC ATTRACTIONS
Heritage Rated from 1- 5 (low-exceptional) on historic interest
Welford Park - 1.3 miles (Garden)
Welford, St Gregory's Church - 1.3 miles (Historic Church)
East Shefford, St Thomas' Church - 1.9 miles (Historic Church)
Boxford, St Andrew's Church - 2.1 miles (Historic Church)
Great Shefford, St Mary's Church - 2.5 miles (Historic Church)
Chaddleworth, St Andrew's Church - 4.1 miles (Historic Church)
Lambourn Woodlands, St Mary's Church - 4.3 miles (Historic Church)
Donnington Castle - 4.5 miles (Castle)
Nearest Accommodation to Wickham, St Swithun's:
Nearest Self Catering Cottages
Nearest Bed and Breakfasts
Nearest Tourist Information Centre ('as the crow flies')
Visitor Information Centre
The Town Hall
Tel: 01635 30267
Fax: 01635 30267