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Henry Hollinrake, winner of a stole designing competition, Mrs Dunn from Danesfield School who ran the competition, the Rector wearing the stole and Rachel Wigram who made it.
Easter Sunday 31.3.2013

Royal British Legion Service of Remembrance 11.11.2012


Winter 2010

What's on this month
in Medmenham Church?
services in bold are at this church

Sunday 7 Dec
10am, Valley Choral Eucharist, Turville.
6pm, Oasis, Fingest
Sunday 14 Dec 11am, Funday Sunday.
Sunday 21 Dec
6pm, Carol Service.
Wed. 24 Dec
Christmas Eve
5.30pm, Christingle.
Thurs 25 Dec
Christmas Day
11am, Family Communion.
Sunday 28 Dec
10.30am, Carol Service, URC, Ph Hill.
6pm, Evening Communion, Fingest.
Sunday 4 Jan
10am, Valley Choral Eucharist, Hambleden.
6pm, Oasis, Fingest


The hamlet of Medmenham lies mainly to the south of the Henley Road. On the main road itself is the Dog and Badger pub, dating from the 14th century. To the south lies the church, and beyond this a pretty straggle of cottages and houses of varying ages and styles runs along the historic Ferry Lane to the Thames.

The church sits at the junction of Ferry Lane and the main road. The churchyard lies below the level of the road and is surrounded by brick and flint walls and trees.

The land rises north of the churchyard with the Dog and Badger pub lying across the road, and then the steep escarpment behind, crowned by Lodge Farm.

A 15th century manor house stands on the west of the lane.

The remains of a Cistercian abbey closed by Henry VIII lie close to the river and have been incorporated into a Jacobean mansion. This was remodelled in the 18th century by Medmenham's most notorious resident, Sir Francis Dashwood, and the meetings of the Hell Fire Club were held there until the discreditable nature of these was exposed.

The Abbey is well screened and is best viewed from the Berkshire bank of the Thames. A ferry no longer crosses the Thames but the landing stage still stands. The Thames Path runs along the river to the west of this.

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