Ogbourne St George

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Ogbourne Saint George is a village on the River Og about north of Marlborough, Wiltshire.

Manor

In the Middle Ages the manor of Ogbourne St George belonged to the Benedictine Bec Abbey in Normandy. Ogbourne Priory was founded in about 1149 as a daughter house of the abbey. For two hundred years the priory managed all the English estates belonging to the abbey.

The present manor house is built on the site of the priory. The house is Jacobean and the date 1619 is inscribed on one of its chimneystacks. It received some Georgian remodelling, including the current glazing of its windows and probably the hipped roof.

Parish church

The Church of England parish church of Saint George may be Norman in origin. The three-bay arcade of the south aisle is Early English Gothic and the arcade of the north aisle is slightly later. The church's windows and bell tower are Perpendicular Gothic additions from later in the Middle Ages. The tower has a ring of five bells, with an 18 hundredweight tenor tuned to E-flat. St. George's is now part of the Ridgeway Benefice along with the parishes of Chiseldon with Draycot Foliat and Ogbourne St Andrew with Rockley.

Former railway

The Swindon Marlborough and Andover Railway was built through the parish and...
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