Boveney Church Buckinghamshire antique print. Original steel engraving by Tombleson from ” Eighty Picturesque Views on the Thames and Medway.” Although described as Dorney Church, the engraving depicts St. Mary Magdalene’s Church, near Boveney.
St Mary Magdalene’s Church is a redundant Anglican church standing close to the river on the north bank of the Thames, near the village of Boveney, Buckinghamshire, England. It is about 2 miles to the west of Eton College. A church has been on the site since before the Norman conquest, but the fabric of the present church dates from the 12th century. Windows and the tower were added in the 15th century. The church was built to serve the bargemen working on the River Thames; there was a quay alongside the church but there are now no remains of this. It was a chapel of ease to St Peter’s Church, Burnham. An attempt to make it into a separate parish in 1737 failed because sufficient endowment could not be raised. Probably in the middle of the 19th century, a dado of bricks was added to the exterior in an attempt to keep out damp, and in 1897 the window tracery was replaced.
William Tombleson (1795 – c. 1846) was an English topographical and architecture artist, illustrator, copper and steel engraver, writer and printmaker, based in London. In the 1830s, his topographical drawings of the upper and middle River Rhine in Germany, and of the rivers Thames and Medway in England were published as engraved prints and books. These books were published in French and German editions.