Aldworth St Mary

One of Berkshire’s most noted churches, St. Mary’s, Aldworth, home to the famous “Aldworth giants”, is along the line of the old Icknield Way (B4009) between the Thames at Streatley and Newbury at OS grid ref SU554795

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Set in its circular churchyard with its ancient yew tree, the church dates from about 1200, and its tower is the oldest part of the building. Inside, we are struck by the light interior of the church and the beauty of the canopies over the effigies on both the north and south walls. Their lightness and elegance are superb examples. Beneath them are the effigies of the de la Beche family.

The “giants” were sufficiently renowned that in the sixteenth century Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester accompanied Queen Elizabeth I to visit the church during her stay at Ewelme. The 'giants' were mutilated as a result of the orders from Oliver Cromwell to destroy church monuments.

Church Records

Christenings (1556-1875) and Marriages (1556-1885) are included on the International Genealogical Index available at www.familysearch.org. The society's own Berkshire Marriage Index covers the period 1601-1837 while the Berkshire Burial Index (2009) covers the period 1556-1978.

Memorial Inscriptions

In 1985 the society published the memorial inscriptions on microfiche.

For more details

See the local web site www.aldworth.info for more information.

 

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