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County of Herefordshire (Unitary Authority)
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SO 43750 74290


DOWNTON CP SO 47 SW 3/14 Church of St Giles II Parish church. Circa 1861 by S Pountney Smith. Coursed dressed sandstone rubble with ashlar dressings and plain tiled roofs with gable-end cross finials. North-west tower, five-bay nave with three-bay north aisle and north and south porches, two-bay chancel with north organ chamber. Early English style. North-west tower: two stages with chamfered plinth and clasping buttresses with offsets. Lower stage has a round-headed west door- way with a hoodmould. Above it is a pointed opening pierced with three circular windows and which has a hoodmould with head stops. There is a lancet above this opening and also in the east side. In the north side is a 2-light window beneath a rectangular light. The belfry stage is situated above a tiled offset and a corbel table; it has 2-light louvred bell-chamber openings with dog-tooth moulded heads set within single pointed archways with hoodmoulds, imposts and nookshafts. The broach spire has an enriched corbel table at its base, three tiers of lucarnes (the upper two tiers are each linked by a continuous hoodmould), a finial, and a weathervane. The north-west buttress houses the tower stairs and has a narrow chamfered west doorway and two slit windows in its north and west elevations. Nave: there is a continuous chamfered plinth, a dog-tooth eaves cornice to the north aisle (which recurs on the organ chamber and at all gable ends) and an enriched corbel table beneath the eaves on the south elevation which is continued around the chancel. The west end has clasping buttresses with offsets, two lancets with nookshafts and hoodmoulds, a similar smaller lancet in the gable apex and, between them, a large circular window with dog-tooth mouldings and a hoodmould. The north aisle has a catslide roof, a lancet and also two 2-light windows with a grotesque head corbel at the junction of the arched heads. The gabled north porch at the eastern end has a quatre- foil window at its north gable end and an east doorway with nookshafts and hoodmould. In the south elevation of the nave are four pairs of lancets with foliated reliefs enriching the arched heads and set beneath relieving arches. The south porch has a lean-to roof from the centre of which projects a gabled, timber-framed additional porch. This outer porch has overhanging bracketted eaves, a chamfered pointed archway, and four glazed cusped lancets each side. Within the inner porch is a pointed doorway with half-glazed double doors, flanking glazed cusped lancets and a glazed surround. There is a lancet in each side elevation. The inner porch leads to the south door- way which is pointed, of three orders (the central one is shafted with dog- tooth mouldings on the capitals) and has a hoodmould. Chancel: clasping east end buttresses with offsets and two narrow gabled buttresses (which flank the central lancet of the east window) interrupt the otherwise continuous sill string. The three lancets at the east end have a stepped continuous hoodmould and there is a small lancets with a hoodmould in the gable apex. There is a lancet at the eastern end of both side elevations. The south-west bay projects slightly and has a group of three lancets. The north organ-chamber has a cat- slide roof (partly continued from the north aisle roof) three north lancets and a large east lancet with a hoodmould. There is a large chimney with gabled offsets at the junction of the organ-chamber and chancel roofs. Interior: three- bay nave arcade with quatrefoil columns. Chancel arch is similarly detailed. Nave and chancel have gilded timber rib vaults with gilded bosses and stone vaulting shafts on corbels. Dog-tooth mouldings, nookshaft detail used extensively in chancel (east window, archways to organ chamber, south-west recess and aumbry). There is a five-bay reredos with crocketted gabled niches containing figures. Circular stone font and four-sided arcaded stone pulpit also have dog-tooth detail. Parish chest in vestry beneath tower is circa 1650, and bears initials "ML". (BoE, p 117).

Listing NGR: SO4375074290


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Books and journals
Pevsner, N, The Buildings of England: Herefordshire, (1963), 117


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: 18 May 2004
Reference: IOE01/12204/34
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