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Wychavon (District Authority)
Ashton under Hill
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SO 99671 37712


ASHTON UNDER HILL CP BECKFORD ROAD (west side) SO 9837 - 9937 11/3 22/1 Church of St Barbara 30-7-59 - II*

Parish church. C12 origins, altered and extended C13, C14 and c1500, chancel rebuilt 1624 for Sir John Franklin; restored in 1868 and 1913. Part limestone ashlar, part limestone rubble with ashlar dressings; nave has stone tiled roof, chancel and north aisle have slate roofs behind embattled parapets. West tower, four-bay nave with north aisle and south porch, two-bay chancel. West tower: C13 lower stage and c1500 upper stage with strings and short buttresses with offsets at west corners and centre of west elevation. There is a loophole in the south and west elevations of the lower stage, a narrow pointed north doorway and a pointed and chamfered south doorway which has a hood mould with returns and C19 door. The belfry stage has 2-light louvred bell-chamber openings with 4-centred heads and above is an embattled parapet with corner gargoyles and pinnacles, (the latter probably added in 1624). Nave: north aisle added in C14 and has a lean-to catslide roof, a chamfered plinth and buttresses with off- sets at bay divisions; at the north-east corner is a large raking buttress, dated 1820. There are three 2-light windows, one having a square head and another a hoodmould with returns, and also a 3-light window with a 4-centred head and hood- mould with returns in the easternmost bay. At the east end is a 2-light window with a square head. The south elevation of the nave retains some of its C12 masonry and has a C13 cusped lancet in the western end, an early C19 copy of this window in the eastern end, a 2-light C14 window and a large c1500 window of four lights with a 4-centred head. The south porch is C14, has a chamfered eaves cornice and end buttresses terminating in pinnacles of probably c1624 date. At the apex of the gable end parapet is a gabled finial supporting a sundial. There is a pointed archway of a single chamfered order and above it is a partly blocked 2-light window and also a loophole in the gable apex. There are similar 2-light windows in the side elevations and within there are stone benches and the remains of a stoup in the east wall. The south doorway is C12 and has ballflower mouldings on the outer order of the arch. It has single shafts with trumpet-scalloped capitals and a plain recessed tympanum. Chancel was rebuilt in 1624. It has a chamfered plinth and the window and door openings all have hoodmoulds with returns. The 3-light east window has a round head and has relief carvings of the dolphins from the Franklin coat of arms in the spandrels and lions' heads on the hoodmould. There is a 2-light north window and two ogee-arched south windows which probably incorporate some C14 tracery. The priest's door has an unusual leaf moulding over the arch and above it is a datestone inscribed "ANNO DOMINI 1624". Interior: the four-bay north arcade is in C15 style with 4-centred arches and octagonal columns but may be part of the 1624 rebuilding. The 1624 chancel arch is similar in style and detail. The nave has a C19 king-post roof and the chancel has a barrel roof. There is a C17 altar table and a C15 octagonal font with fleurons in quatre- foils decorating the basin and cusped pointed panels on the stem. The pulpit and other fittings are C19. Memorials: these are mainly to members of the Baldwyn family; in the chancel is the remains of a 1652 memorial and there is also a mid-C19 sarcophagus relief with draped urn. In the nave and aisle is an early C19 and three mid-C19 memorials to the Baldwyn family and a pedimeted early C19 memorial to the Martin family. The Baldwyn family are also commemorated by numerous mid- and late C18 ledger slabs in the nave. Glass: there are some fragments of medieval glass in a south nave window. The chancel windows have C19 glass. The church was known as the Church of St Andrew until c1750. It retains a substantial part of its medieval masonry; its Norman south doorway, the simple but unusual detailing of its C17 chancel and its ornate C15 font are of particular note. (VCH, Glos, Vol viii, p 249; BoE, p 71 - 2).

Listing NGR: SO9967137712


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Books and journals
Page, W, The Victoria History of the County of Gloucester, (1969), 249
Pevsner, N, The Buildings of England: Worcestershire, (1968), 71-2


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: 21 Aug 1999
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