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Remenham Church, Remenham Lane, Remenham, UK

By on July 15, 2015 in UK

Remenham Church, Remenham Lane, Remenham, nr Henley-on-Thames, UK, is a quintessential English village church, with, oddly no village. The village was wiped out by the bubonic plague (the Great Plague) in 1664, and yet the church survived. The church, or Remenham St. Nicholas is in the parish of Remenham. More details on the church can be found at ‘A Church near you’ and a history of the church is available on the Remenham Parish website.

The first Rector is mentioned in a Westminster Abbey Charter in 1076; the church is listed in the Domesday Book of 1086; and the first rector, John de Baldake, was recorded in 1297. Originally, the church was a chapelry of Hurley and served by the monks of the nearby Hurley Priory.

The name Remenham has potentially an interesting meaning as it means ‘home of the ravens’, and the village was possibly in an area sacred to the chief Saxon god, Woden, whose symbol was the raven. Alternatively the name may be derived from the  ‘home of the Remi’, which was a local ancient Celtic tribe.

The Manor of Remenham was held in the reign of Edward the confessor by Queen Edith, and was included amongst the King’s lands for the purposes of the Domesday survey, which placed Remenham in the Charlton Hundred.

Remenham Church is dedicated to St Nicholas (born during the 3rd century in the village of Patara, Greece (now in Turkey)) who lost his wealthy parents in an epidemic. As Nicholas was raised as a devout Christian he decided to follow Jesus’s words to “sell what you own and give the money to the poor,” hence Nicholas used his inheritance to assist the needy, the sick, and the suffering, and he dedicated his life to serving God. Nicholas was made Bishop of Myra and became known throughout the
land for his generosity to those in need, his love for children, and his concern for sailors and ships. As a result when he was canonised he became the patron saint of pawn brokers.

‘The church was substantially restored in 1838 and again in 1870.

The living of St Nicholas was in the gift of Jesus College, Oxford and usually had a welsh incumbent. In 1973 the living was
suspended and St Nicholas became part of the Henley and Remenham, since then the Rector of St Mary the Virgin, Henley has also been the rector.

The church is also just a short walk from the River Thames.

Below is a collection of photos showing the church:

Remenham Church, Remenham Lane, Remenham, nr Henley-on-Thames, UK

Remenham Church, Remenham Lane, Remenham, nr Henley-on-Thames, UK

Remenham Church

Remenham Church

Graveyard - Remenham Church

Graveyard – Remenham Church

The grave yard also has some particularly good angel headstones.

Angel at Remenham Church

Angel at Remenham Church

Another Angel at Remenham Church

Another Angel at Remenham Church

FourSquare: Remenham Church

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