Longworth, St Mary's Church
History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
Set onto the north wall of the chancel are three memorial brasses. At first glance they appear to be medieval, but looks can be deceiving; the central brass is modern, made in the style of earlier medieval examples. It depicts Dr John Illingworth, rector at Longworth from 1883-1915. Dr Illingworth was a member of an influential theological group who met every summer in the Old Rectory. The group, which included Bishop Gore, wrote a popular series of essays known as Lux Mundi (Light of the World) in 1889. When Dr Illingworth died in 1915 his fellow theologians donated stained glass in the Arts and Crafts style for the 15th century east window. Another gift in honour of Dr Illingworth was the wooden pulpit, donated in 1914 by an American group who appreciated his essays.
The reason why I cannot tell,
But this I know, and know full well,
I do not like thee, Doctor Fell.
The second famous son of a Longworth rector is RD Blackmore, born exactly two centuries after John Fell, who went on to write the popular novel Lorna Doone.
Address: Church Lane, Longworth, Oxfordshire, England, OX13 5DY
Attraction Type: Historic Church
Location: Longworth is just north of the A420, 1 mile north of Kingston Bagpuize. There is a small parking area outside the church, which is beside the manor house.
Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express
Heritage Rated from 1- 5 (low-exceptional) on historic interest
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Nearest Accommodation to Longworth:
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Tourist Information Centre
The Pump House
5 Market Place
Tel: 01367 24028