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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: 1052510



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

County: Oxfordshire

District: West Oxfordshire

District Type: District Authority

Parish: Sandford St. Martin

National Park: Not applicable to this List entry.

Grade: II*

Date first listed: 27-Aug-1956

Date of most recent amendment: Not applicable to this List entry.

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Legacy System: LBS

UID: 251972

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SANDFORD ST.MARTIN WORTON ROAD (East side) SP4226 Church of St. Martin 14/159 27/08/56 II* GV Church. C13, late C14 and C15, restored 1856 by G.E. Street. Limestone and marlstone rubble with limestone-ashlar dressings; Stonesfieid-slate and steet-metal roofs. Aisled 3-bay nave, chancel, south porch and west tower. The stone-slated chancel was rebuilt by Street incorporating the early Perpendicular 3-light east window; it also has 2 lancets to north and south and a blocked round-headed priest's door. The wide parapetted south aisle in banded rubble has an early Perpendicular 3-light east window with reticulation, full-height mullions, and transoms; there is a similar 2-light window with trefoil-headed lights and a 2-light window with reticulated tracery which are both earlier. The stone-slated porch has an outer arch of 3 continuous chamfered orders. The narrow parapetted north aisle is probably C13 but has 3 square-headed late C14 windows of 2 ogee lights, and has a renewed lancet to east. The clerestory has fine C15 square-headed windows in deep casement mouldings with richly-cusped tracery. The C15 crenellated 3-stage tower, with diagonal buttresses and a deep moulded plinth, incorporates a large early-Decorated 3-light window, with cusped intersecting tracery, above the west doorway which has a label over a casement moulding and has traceried spandrels; the top stage has 2-light traceried openings and there are gargoyles on the parapet string. Interior: the chancel arch is of 2 chamfered orders in banded ashlar, and the arms of Elizabeth I are painted above its east face. The C13 south arcade has circular piers and moulded capitals; the north arcade has crude octagonal piers. The clerestory windows have 4-centred rere arches. The south aisle has a small C14 piscina with a large foliage finial. The interior of the south porch has a ribbed quadripartite vault and conceals the richly-moulded C14 south doorway. The roofs of the nave and aisle are in C15 style with arched braces rising from wallposts, but are probably wholely C19. In the tower arch is a vigourous C19 screen with canopied and crocketted arches and much carved decoration. A large C15/C16 parish chest stands below the tower. The C12 font with crude chevron carving has been partly recut to fit an octagonal stem. In the chancel are wall monuments to Thomas Gylen (died 1637), with detached Ionic columns and an entablature carrying cherubs and an hourglass, and to William Croker (died 1709), with large Doric columns, a heavy segmental pediment and an achievement of arms. In the nave are wall monuments to John Lock (died 1714), with a Baroque surround of scrolls and foliage, and to Vice Admiral James Sayer (died 1776) in marble with elegant Classical detailing. There are also 5 hatchments. The stained glass includes two C14 fragments in the south aisle, a mid C19 east window, and a fine lancet of 1973 by John Piper. A dedication of 1273 is recorded. (V.C.H.: Oxfordshire, Vol.XI, p,180; Buildings of England: Oxfordshire, p,750-1).

Listing NGR: SP4202826691

Selected Sources

Books and journals
Pevsner, N, Sherwood, J , The Buildings of England: Oxfordshire, (1974), 750-1
Salzman, L F, The Victoria History of the County of Oxford, (1983), 180

National Grid Reference: SP 42028 26691


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