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West Oxfordshire (District Authority)
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SP 42582 12837


HANBOROUGH CHURCH HANBOROUGH SP4212 24/118 Church of St. Peter and 12/09/55 St. Paul GV I Church. Early C12 with mid C13 alterations; remodelled c1400, when tower and clerestorey were added. Coursed limestone rubble; shallow-pitched lead roofs. Chancel, aisled nave and west tower. Label mould with head corbels of King and Queen over late C19 three-light window; roll-moulded string course beneath sills of this east window and 2 early C13 pointed lancets to south; C12 chamfered and round-arched doorway to ancient (probably C15) studded door. North chapel, continued as north aisle, has one-light window and label mould over C14 two-light trefoil-headed window to east, mid C13 pointed lancet, and label mould with head stops over c1400 three-light trefoil-headed window; north aisle to nave has early C13 pointed lancet, mid C13 two-light geometrical window, a small late C12 round-arched lancet and a c1400 two-light window with panel tracery. Early C13 north porch has archway of 3 orders, with hollow-chamfered arch set on triple jamb shafts; C17 studded double doors, with strap hinges. Fine early C12 north doorway with zigzag-carved hood over roll-moulded arch set on jamb shafts with scalloped capitals; very fine tympanum carving of St. Peter, the Agnus Dei and Lion of St. Mark; C17 studded door with strap hinges and fittings. Norman lancet at west end of aisle. South aisle: Norman lancet at east end, label moulds over two c1400 three-light ogee-headed windows; a late C19 two-light window and hood mould over c1400 two-light window with panel tracery. C17 south porch has timber lintel over plank studded door with label moulds set in ovolo-moulded wood architrave; C12 round-arched doorway. c1400 three-stage west tower: large offset buttresses; hood mould over 3-light window with panel tracery above label mould over 2-centred doorway set in casement-moulded architrave; 2-light belfry windows; moulded string course with corner gargoyles beneath parapet with carved quatrefoils; ribbed ashlar spire. C15 clerestory with Perpendicular windows. Interior: C15 piscina in vestry, mid C13 string course carried around chancel; C15 trefoiled piscina and segmental arch over C15 studded door to south; C12 round-arched aumbry, square aumbry and pointed chamfered arch over fine C15 studded door with iron hinges and fittings to north; late C17 communion rail with turned balusters; bases of two mid C13 jamb shafts flank east window; C15 three-bay chancel roof. C15 double-chamfered archway to north chapel and mid C13 hollow-chamfered archway to south chapel which has ogee-headed piscina and stone steps with ancient plank door to former rood loft; mid C13 chancel arch set on shafts with moulded capitals. Nave has C15 three-bay arcades with concave-moulded capitals and octagonal piers; 3-bay C15 roof with moulded tie beams arch-braced to C15 head corbels; restored C15 polygonal pulpit set on narrow stem and with some C15 panel tracery. Very fine late C15 rood screens, to chancel and aisles, with much late C15 gold, red and black painted decoration; traceried heads to open panels, blind tracery and coving of rood lofts in aisles with vine-leaf trail to frieze on south side. North aisle has stoup with billeted sill and south aisle has plain aumbry; C17 lean-to roofs in aisles. Late C17 decoratively-carved parish chest at west end of nave. Wall painting: 2 trefoil-headed recesses in north aisle have fine C15 paintings of white roses on a red background. Monuments: Arched recess in north wall of chancel has brass to Dr. Alexander Belsyre (d.1567) depicting corpse in shroud. Chancel also has small floor brasses to Joanna Mericke (d.1617) and Walter Culpepper, (d.1616); Marble wall monument, surmounted by urn, to Thomas Smith (d.1729) and family; Baroque cartouches to William Denison (d.1756) and Anna Maria Denison (d.1751), the latter with unusual rococco shape to tablet; north wall has broken-pedimented wall tablet to Jane Culpepper, (d.1636), and wall monument with Ionic pilasters and heraldic shields erected 1632 to memory of Margaret Clarke, (d.1592). Various late C17 and C18 ledger stones. Late C15 brass to Jane Ford and 2 husbands at east end of nave. White marble wall tablet with urn erected 1780 by William Bouchier in memory of his wife and parents, at east end of north aisle; two C18 lead tablets at west end of nave. Stained glass: 2 late C15 tracery lights with Tudor roses set in foliate background, at in south-east window of south aisle. Subsidiary features: tapered C14 grave slab attached to south side of chancel. (Buildings of England: Oxfordshire: p543-4; National Monuments Record; Bodleian Library, Topographical Drawings, for C19 drawings by R.C. Buckler and others)

Listing NGR: SP4258312839


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Pevsner, N, Sherwood, J, The Buildings of England: Oxfordshire, (1974), 543-4


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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