734.—Stewkley Church, Buckinghamshire.details

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Stewkley Church is another of the fine old churches the era of whose erection is unknown. (Fig. 734.) Dr. Stukely mentions it as “the oldest and most entire he ever saw, undoubtedly before the Conquest, in the plain ancient manner,” &c. But the enthusiastic doctor was never at a loss for a bold decision, whatever he might be as to proofs on which to found it. The shape is a parallelogram, ninety feet by twenty-four. Half the length is allotted to the nave, and one-fourth to the chancel, which is vaulted with stone. In the remaining space, two round arches support a square tower, whose upper part is surrounded with thirty-two small intersecting circular arches attached to the wall. The windows are small; the mouldings are decorated with zigzag sculpture. It stands in the large village of Stewkley, in Buckinghamshire. It is not unworthy of notice that Iffley Church, on the banks of the river Isis, about a mile and a half from Oxford, bears a marked resemblance to the church just mentioned, and belonged to or enjoyed the protection of the same monastery as that with which Stewkley was connected, —the Priory of Kenilworth. It will be a sufficient testimony of its antiquity to say it is known to have been in existence before 1189. (Fig. 724.) (p. 203)

The church was restored in the Victorian era, some time after this engraving was made.

Buckinghamshire Historic Churches: Stewkley

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