Bench Ends Outside the West Country

Historic bench ends do not occur only in the Western counties. There are many fine and elaborate collections in East Anglia, as well as others scattered across the country. It is not the purpose of this blog to list every church in England with historic bench ends, but on this page I will add those that come to my attention by various means for the benefit of the interested reader. It must not be considered a complete list by any means.

Many of the churches listed here are those mentioned either by J. Charles Cox in Bench Ends in English Churches, or in the appendix of J.C.D. Smith’s Church Woodcarvings, A West Country Study. All of the churches mentioned in this list have been checked against the Statutory List, churches marked with an asterisk (*) are mentioned by Cox or Smith, but do not have any historic bench ends mentioned in their entry in the Statutory List.

Bedfordshire
Bolnhurst
Bromham
Carlton (Jacobean)
Chellington* (Now a youth centre)
Clapham*
Cople
Harrold*
Harlington*
Houghton Conquest
Keysoe
Knotting*
Odell (17th century)
Pertenhall
Stevington
Streatley
Willington
Yelden

Berkshire
Aldworth
Frilsham*
Reading (St. Laurence)
Wantage*

Cambridgeshire
Eaton Socon*
Tilbrook*

Gloucestershire.
Ampney Crucis (Jacobean?)
Blaisdon
Buckland
Eastleach Martin
Edgeworth
Gloucester (St. Mary de Lode)
Hasfield
Hill
Iron Acton
Lemington (13th century?)
Notgrove (17th century)
Oddington
Saintbury
Sapperton (bench ends moved from Sapperton Hall c.1730)
Stanway (Didbrook)
Stoke Orchard (Cox suggests Elizabethan, Statutory List suggests C18)
Tredington (Cox suggests Elizabethan, Statutory List suggests C18)

Hampshire.
Bentworth*
Bramley
Chilbolton*
Empshott (Hawkley)
Heckfield
Monk Sherborne (17th century)
Odiham (17th century)
Rotherwick*
Selborne
Sherborne St. John, the Vyne chapel
Tichborne
Timsbury
Warnford
Winchester Cathedral
Winchester, St. Cross*
Winchfield*

Leicestershire.
Misterton
Packington (14th century?)

Oxfordshire
Childrey
Cumnor
Letcombe Regis*
Long Wittenham (17th century)
Lyford (17th century)
Radley
Sunningwell
West Challow*
West Hendred
Yarnton

Sussex (The Statutory List entries for many Sussex churches are disappointingly brief, so this list is taken from Cox without much further research)
Climping
Coldwaltham
Didling
East Preston
Kirdford
Rogate
Sedlescombe
Singleton
Slindon
Sutton
Tortington

Wiltshire
Britford
Crudwell
Durnford
Minety (17th century)
Stanton Fitzwarren*
Steeple Langford (All Saints)

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