History

History

A Timeline for the history of Aldermaston Church

One of the key elements to Project St Mary’s is the understanding of what we have, where it has come from and how to look after it for the future. The starting point for this understanding is the known history of the church in Aldermaston.

C11

1086

A church existed in Aldermaston in the 11th Century, as mentioned in the Domesday Book, but the actual location of it is unknown.

” The King holds Aldermaston in lordship. Harold held it.
  Then it answered for 15 hides; now for nothing.
  Land for 30 ploughs. In lordship 2 ploughs;
     36 villagers and 12 smallholders with 18 ploughs.
     2 slaves; a mill at 20s; 2 fisheries at 5s.
     A church; meadow, 124 acres; woodland At 30 pigs.
Value before 1066, later and now £20 10s.”

C12

1100-1118

 Aldermaston granted by Henry I to Robert Achard

1150

The first Aldermaston church in the current position was built  around 1150.

C13

1210

 First extension built extending the church eastward
before

1229

William Achard the younger grants the church to the Priory of Sherborne
Wall paintings: Two roundels at the west end of the north nave wall.

C14

Tower added
Wall paintings: Wall paintings in the south transept; including a depiction of St Christopher and
masonry line decoration. There is further masonry line decoration at east end of
north wall which may be from this period too.

C15

Wall paintings: Alterations to the C14 wall paintings on the south and east walls of the south transept with the addition of scenes from the life of St Nicholas

C16

1530

 Alabaster monument built of Sir George Forster and his wife Elizabeth

1558

Elizabeth I visited Aldermaston Court

1567

William Foster obtained a lease of the rectory for 500 years from Queen’s College, Oxford

1592

Elizabeth I again visited Aldermaston Court

C17

Vestry added

C18

Painted inscriptions

1750s

The Congreves reversionary rights purchased from Queen’s College, Oxford and from this time the rectory was in the hands of the Lord of the Manor.

C19

1869

 Wall paintings uncovered during restoration

1880

Current organ installed

1896

 Charles Edward Keyser, Lord of the Manor, renovates the church

C20

 1950’s

 Restoration project to repair the main roof

C21

2011

Bell tower roof re-shingled with oak shingles.

2014

Aldermaston birds Project St Mary’s set up to renovate and rejuvenate the church.