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West Shefford
St. Mary's Church

This village church is mostly very early 13th century in date. It has a Norman tower, built in a circular form due to the lack of suitable facing stone (for the corners) to be found in Berkshire. It is the only original round tower remaining in the county. The church's font is said to be the finest in the county. It is a superb example of Norman carving, but sadly the subject is purely foliate rather than figured. There is an interesting old preaching cross in the churchyard and the manor house is still adjoining in its traditional position. Sir George Browne, Knight of the Bath, who lived there was buried in the church in 1678.

 

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