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Mongewell is a small village to the south of Oxfordshire, which lies just across the river Thames from Wallingford. It was originally in Berkshire Archdeaconry, but was transferred to Oxfordshire when, in 1927, it was united with the parishes of North Stoke and Ipsden, and the church itself was closed (see PAR177/1/R3/2 below). In 1849, parts of the east end of the parish had been taken away to help create the new parish of Stoke Row (see PAR256, where several papers concern Mongewell).

Mongewell church is now a ruin; even by 1935-6, some correspondence in the Diocesan papers (MS Oxf. Dioc. Papers c.1916) notes the state of the church, and J.H. Baker in his 'The Ipsden Country' (pp.75-77) suggests that after the church's furnishings were taken away, it was vandalised and allowed to fall into ruin, until the 1950s, when what was left was repaired, and the chancel reopened. The church was at last declared redundant in 1981.

The parish records of Mongewell were deposited originally with the Bodleian Library in 1975, except for PAR177/1/R5/2, which was deposited there in 1982.

Recatalogued by Robin Darwall-Smith in April 1996.

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