Church appeal – St Mary’s Thenford


Thenford Church is dedicated to St Mary the Virgin. According to Pevsner, the round-arched south doorway and the south aisle can be dated to around 1200; the north arcade is about 100 years later. The 13th century chancel appears to have been lengthened, probably in the 14th century, when the bell tower was probably added. Restoration work was carried out at the beginning of the 18th century and again in the last quarter of the 19th century, which was when the north porch was added, but the church remains largely free of unsympathetic ‘improvements’.

Particularly worthy of note are the two early 15th century stained glass windows in the east window of the north aisle, depicting St Christopher and St Anne with the Virgin. The monumental effigy in the north aisle is to Fulk Wodhull; it dates to 1613.

Do please find time to look around the church. Sadly, lead has been stolen from the roof of the north aisle twice in the last three years and the Parochial Church Council needs to raise at least £25,000 to repair the roof, make good the internal damage caused by water ingress and install a roof alarm to deter future thieves. If you would like to make a donation while visiting the arboretum, you can leave it with the team serving teas in Church Barn. If you are not visiting but would still like to help, please contact Nicholas Williams, one of the churchwardens, whose email address is