St Peter

Alvescot church from the south

History of the church

The south end of the south chapel was rebuilt in the late 16th or early 17th century, with a plain three-light window and a high, moulded plinth, work possibly associated with repairs to lead, glass, windows and walls financed by a church rate in 1631.[77] The porch may also have been rebuilt. The remains of a round-headed doorway in the west wall of the north transept may be associated with its use by the Turfrey family, who in the 1620s claimed it as virtually a private chapel,

Alvescot church:
blocked doorway in north aisle.
prompting disputes after pews were erected there for the lord's servants. The claim was apparently overturned after it was proven that all parishioners shared in its upkeep.[78] Family pews were noted also in the south transept,[79] and a west gallery mentioned in 1866[80] was perhaps of 17th-century origin. Repairs to the chancel were mentioned c. 1728, and to the roof in 1807.[81] A 'thorough repair' in 1811[82] perhaps involved major alterations to the chancel, said in 1823 to have been 'rebuilt not many years since':[83] in the mid 19th century there was no east window and the chancel had no visible medieval features, two segmental-headed sash windows in its south wall flanking a modern central doorway.[84]


77 O.R.O., MS. Oxf. Dioc. c 26, ff. 208v. sqq.

78 Ibid. ff. 15v.--17, 20, 34--35v., 55--7, 67--8.

79 Ibid. c 454, f. 16; cf. ibid. MSS. Oxf. Archd. Oxon. c 1, f. 4; e 1, f. 53.

80 Ibid. MS. Oxf. Dioc. c 332, f. 34; cf. Bodl. MS. Top. Oxon. c 103, f. 6v.

81 O.R.O., MS. Oxf. Archd. Oxon. c 47, f. 202; ibid. PAR 6/1/R 1/2, f. 26.

82 Ibid. MS. Oxf. Dioc. c 659, f. 200v.

83 Skelton, Antiq. Oxon. Bampton Hundred, 1; Parker, Eccl. Top. no. 176.

84 Bodl. MS. Top. Oxon. c 522, f. 20.

The above information has been copied from the Victoria County History for Clanfield in Oxfordshire, at

Dove's reference for the bells:

Alvescot, Oxon, S Peter (GF), 6, 9-0-20 in A. 


Map reference  :  SP273046

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