Somerford Keynes A Parish in the Cotswold Water Park
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About All Saints Somerford Keynes
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The Parish Church at Somerford Keynes incorporates one of the oldest stone built churches in Gloucestershire. In 675 a monastery was founded in Malmesbury that became a great mission centre. In 685 a nephew of King Ethelred gave some land at Somerford to the Abbey at Malmesbury and we may assume that from that date a preaching centre was established at Somerford. The first converts were baptized in the River Thames and Mass would have been said, first in the open air, and then perhaps in a rough wooden shelter. By 695AD a stone church had been built under a thatch roof. The north doorway of this church still remains today.
Saxon Door All Saints Somerford Keynes
The font (1100) has a Norman bowl on a 14th century stem of unusual design.
Between the font and the Saxon Fragment are stone coffin lids.  They were used from about 1150 to 1300 to cover the graves of well-to-do people and were incised with an ornamental cross or emblems: a sword for a knight, a key for steward, a chalice for a priest, a pair of shears for a wool merchant. These lids may have originally been in the church but reset in the present position in 1968
In the reign of Henry 1, the manor of Somerford came by marriage into the possession of Ralph de Keynes of Dodford, near Daventry and thus ‘Som