Statement of Significance

Statement of Significance for St Mary’s Iffley

west frontSt. Mary’s, Iffley is the jewel in the crown of this beautiful village centre with the thatched church hall, former glebe field, stone houses and cottages, together with the fine Rectory building now partly used as a Landmark Trust house. The church may be seen well from the West (especially on the ringroad) standing proudly above the river Thames with the flood plain/meadows beyond, slightly downstream of the lock and the site of the former mill. Despite its now urban environment and the nearby ring road, Iffley manages substantially to retain a village atmosphere. The church is set in a fine churchyard with many tombs of various dates (mostly not of any great significance, although one may be that of Annora, the thirteenth century anchoress, who had a cell to the South of the chancel) together with a medieval churchyard cross (the original head of which, now in the church, depicting the Lamb of St John the Baptist may reflect the medieval church dedication referred to in the fifteenth century) and a very ancient yew tree. On the basis of estimates of the age of yew trees by their girth, the tree may be older than the church. The churchyard is bounded on the West by land falling down towards the river Thames, and on the South and East by walls. On the North side, there is a vestry building and towards the North West, the Rectory. The church lies in a Conservation Area.

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