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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: 1047650



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

County: Oxfordshire

District: South Oxfordshire

District Type: District Authority

Parish: Beckley and Stowood

National Park: Not applicable to this List entry.

Grade: I

Date first listed: 18-Jul-1963

Date of most recent amendment: 05-Jun-1985

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Legacy System: LBS

UID: 246547

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BECKLEY AND STOWOOD CHURCH STREET SP51SE (West side) Beckley 2/27 Church of the Assumption of 18/07/63 The Blessed Virgin Mary (Formerly listed as Church of The Assumption of St. Mary the Virgin)


Church. C14 and C15, restored 1845. Limestone rubble with ashlar dressings; plain-tile and sheet-metal roofs. Aisled nave, chancel, central tower and south porch. The C14 chancel has 2-light side windows and a 3-light east window, all with Reticulated tracery, and a priest's doorway to south with its medieval door; the steep-pitched roof has a gable parapet. The parapetted south aisle has similar Decorated windows, to west and west of the porch, but to east and east of the porch has C15 windows with 3 lights under 4-centred arches. The C15/early C16 porch has a wide 4-centre arched outer doorway, with ancient double-leaf doors, beneath a small cusped niche; the parapet string has corner heads and a gargoyle. The 4-centre arched C15 south doorway has a richly-moulded rectangular surround with label and has quatrefoils and mouchettes in the spandrels. The door is C13 and has elaborate hinges, The C15 north aisle has 2-light windows with Perpendicular tracery, to north and east, and a blocked north doorway. The nave has square-headed C15 clerestorey windows and a west doorway similar to that on the south, but retains a late C13 west window of 3 lights with Intersecting tracery. The crenellated 3-stage central tower, now flanked by the aisles, shows the roofline of former transepts, and has 2-light arched belfry openings; at the north-east angle is a 2-stage circular stair turret, with a short octagonal spirelet, which may be C13 or earlier. Interior: The chancel has a section of earlier string course on the north wall; its 7-canted medieval roof has coupled rafters with king posts rising to upper collars, The central tower has four C14 arches of 2 chamfered orders dying into single-chamfered responds. The C15 nave has a 2-bay arcade with delicate cruciform piers and a stone missal desk built into the north-east respond; the contemporary roof has moulded tie beams, purlins and wallplates and is braced from moulded posts. C13 wall paintings on the west and south outer wali faces of the tower; C17 paintings on the tower and the west wall of the nave. C14 and C15 stained-glass panels and figures in north aisle and in some tracery lights of chancel windows; chancel north window 1895 by J. Hardman; other C19 glass in chancel, west window of nave, and east and west windows of south aisle. Fittings include a C12 tub font, C15 bench pews in and aisles, a C17 pulpit with arched panels and tester, a medieval chest, and a C17 bier in the porch. Wall monument in chancel to Anne Croke (died 1609) has a brass engraving and inscription in a Classical stone frame beneath an achievement; several plain C18 wall tablets in aisles; early C19 lozenge-shaped floor slabs to members of the Croke family of Studley Priory, (V.C.H.: Oxfordshire, Vol.V; Buildings of England: Oxfordshire, pp. 447-8).

Listing NGR: SP5622511272

Selected Sources

Books and journals
Pevsner, N, Sherwood, J , The Buildings of England: Oxfordshire, (1974), 447-8
Salzman, L F, The Victoria History of the County of Oxford, (1957)

National Grid Reference: SP 56227 11262


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