The Thames Valley Sights

Dorchester Abbey

  • Henley Rd. Map It
  • Dorchester-on-Thames
  • Religious Building/Site/Shrine

Published 08/18/2015

Fodor's Review

In addition to secluded cloisters and gardens, the abbey has a spacious church dating from 1170, with a rare lead baptismal font from the Norman period. There are two unique items from the 14th century: a sculptured stone Tree of Jesse window and a wall painting of the Crucifixion with an unusual cross design. The great tower was rebuilt in 1602, but incorporated the old 14th-century spiral staircase. The Sanctuary has unusual carved wooden niches, depicting figures representing the Seven Deadly Sins. The Lady Chapel holds the so-called "Swaggering Knight" effigy, one of the best-preserved knight's effigies in England, which has traces of its original 13th-century coloring. Be sure to check out the People's Chapelfor its rare and beautiful fragments of 14th-century wall paintings. Dorchester Abbey is about 9 miles south of Oxford, on A4074.

Sight Information


Henley Rd., off A4074, Dorchester-on-Thames, OX10 7HZ, England

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Sight Details:

  • Free
  • May–Sept., daily 8–6; Oct.–Apr., daily 8–dusk, except during services

Published 08/18/2015


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