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List Entry Summary

This building is listed under the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990 as amended for its special architectural or historic interest.


List entry Number: 1046563



The building may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

County: Oxfordshire

District: Cherwell

District Type: District Authority

Parish: Gosford and Water Eaton

National Park: Not applicable to this List entry.

Grade: I

Date first listed: 07-Dec-1966

Date of most recent amendment: 10-Apr-1987

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Legacy System: LBS

UID: 243283

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GOSFORD AND WATER EATON WATER EATON SP51SW 6/46 Chapel at Water Eaton Manor 07/12/66 House (Formerly listed as Manor House, chapel) GV I Domestic chapel. c.1600, restored 1884 by W. Wilkinson and H.W. Moore, and c.1905 by G.F. Bodley. Coursed squared limestone with ashlar dressings; Stonesfield-slate roof. Nave and chancel. Perpendicular style. Walls have chamfered plinth, stepped angle buttresses and rise to gable parapets. Chancel east window has 5 cinquefoiled lights within a 4-centre-arched head; south window is similar but of 3 lights, and there are 2 more 3-light windows in the south wall of the nave plus a fourth facing west. South doorway has a 3-centred head with recessed spandrels below a label mould. The west gable has a small bellcote. Interior: nave and chancel have wagon roofs of heavy coupled rafters with arched bracing rising from moulded wall plates. Chancel arch is in Renaissance style with a chamfered semi-circular arch and moulded capitals continued as a cornice. Contemporary fittings include a complete set of bench pews with heavy fleur-de-lys poppyheads, a hexagonal pulpit with carved arched panels, plus sounding board and crested canopy, a fine chancel screen with an arcade of black-painted Ionic columns supporting a strapwork frieze (the lower panelling probably a restoration), and a simple communion table with turned legs. Choir stalls in similar style are C19, as is the rood added by Bodley. Early C20 stained glass in east window. A remarkably complete survival of a rare type. (Buildings of England: Oxfordshire, p.826; H. Avray Tipping "Water Eaton Manor, Oxfordshire"; Country Life, Nov. 9th 1907, pp.666-74; V.C.H: Oxfordshire, Vol.12 (to be published).).

Listing NGR: SP5156612104

Selected Sources

Books and journals
Pevsner, N, Sherwood, J , The Buildings of England: Oxfordshire, (1974), 826
Salzman, L F, The Victoria History of the County of Oxford, (1990)
'Country Life' in Country Life, (1907), 666-74

National Grid Reference: SP 51567 12104


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