Shorthampton, All Saints Church
History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
HERITAGE HIGHLIGHTS: A superb collection of medieval wall paintings
The parish of Shorthampton is officially The Parish of Charlbury with Shorthampton. This joint designation dates back to the 7th century, when a minster church was established at Charlbury by St Diuma. Charlbury's minster parish covered a large area which included Shorthampton. Over the centuries which followed the founding of Charlbury minster the parish was broken up, but Shorthampton remains part of the Charlbury parish over a millennium after it was founded.
For a small church Shorthampton may have more medieval wall paintings than any other I have visited. The nave is quite extraordinarily rich in medieval paintings; some are fragmentary, but many others are very clear and well preserved.
- 12th century 'lining out' - that is, a pattern not too dissimilar to modern wallpaper - outlining a 12th century window on the north wall.
- A likeness of St Frideswald, also on the north wall
- a very clear depiction of an archbishop
- a somewhat fragmentary 'Doom', or Day of Judgement painting over the chancel arch
- a painting of the Miracle of the Clay Birds, lining the squint
- a likeness of St Zita, patron of domestic servants
- painting of St Loy, patron of blacksmiths
- a fragmentary depiction of a dragon's wing, on the west wall
- an 18th century cartouche showing King Solomon's prayer
Other Heritage Highlights
The font is a very nice Norman tub, though it is unadorned with any carvings.
Address: Shorthampton, Oxfordshire, England
Attraction Type: Historic Church
Location: On a narrow lane off the B4437 just west of Charlbury
Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express
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