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West Oxfordshire (District Authority)
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SP 42640 30108


WORTON NETHER WORTON SP43SW 3/234 Church of St. James 27/08/56 GV II*

Church. C14; tower dated 1630; restored 1883. Coursed squared marlstone with ashlar dressings, some limestone; sheet-aluminium roof. 3-bay aisled nave, south-west tower, and chancel recess. North and south sides each have 3 square-headed 3-light windows with ogee lights; the re-set east window is similar but with a 4-centred head. The small 3-stage tower, built above the west end of the south aisle, contains the C13 doorway with dogtooth decoration to the arch and an oak door of 6 fielded panels; the bell chamber has 2-light stone-mullioned openings and the datestone is inscribed "ROBERTE/PARSONS/1630". The shallow-pitched roofs all have parapets; the nave rises above the aisles, without clerestory, and projects slightly to east. Interior: C14 arcades and chancel arch have octagonal piers and responds with moulded bases and capitals and arches of 2 chamfered orders; bases on south side have corner spurs and may be C12. Trefoiled blind arches on east walls of aisles may be C13. C19 roofs with cast-iron brackets. Chancel recess is lined with grained panelling incorporating Decalogue etc. Late C17 barleytwist communion rails. Ritual chancel is defined by a C17 balustrade, with heavy turned balusters, linking with the pulpit which has C17 panels. Monuments include several C17 ledgers, and early C19 memorials to the Wilson family including a large draped urn by Henry Westmacott. C19 line drawing with stencilled border on north wall by Grace Wilson. The chancel was demolished at an unknown date. (V.C.H.: Oxfordshire, Vol.XI, p.292; Buildings of England: Oxfordshire, pp.713-14).

Listing NGR: SP4264030108


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Books and journals
Pevsner, N, Sherwood, J, The Buildings of England: Oxfordshire, (1974), 713-14
Salzman, L F, The Victoria History of the County of Oxford, (1983), 292


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

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Date: 15 Jun 2006
Reference: IOE01/15272/05
Rights: Copyright IoE Mr J. B. Moseley. Source Historic England Archive
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