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Cotswold (District Authority)
National Grid Reference:
SP 10700 39661


SP 1039-1139 WILLERSEY CHURCH STREET (north side)

14/163 Church of St. Peter 25.8.60


Anglican Parish Church, C12 nave with blocked S doorway. C13 N porch. N aisle rebuilt C13. C15 tower. C19 vestry and restoration. Nave and N aisle: coursed and squared limestone, with angle buttresses and a racking buttress on the N. Transepts: coursed, squared and dressed limestone. Chancel: coursed limestone rubble with some ashlar blocks incorporated in the lower courses. Vestry: ashlar limestone. Tower: ashlar limestone with diagonal buttresses. Limestone slate roof with slightly stepped gable coping and decorative upright cross finials. Plan: N aisle entered via N porch; nave; crossing; N and S transepts; chancel with vestry on S side. Nave: 3-light it window with Perpendicular tracery and hood with stops. Pointed, blocked doorway to left. Blocked Norman doorway in S wall with plain semi-circular tympanum supported on moulded imposts. C13 porch with pointed, flat- chamfered arch with hood. N transept: single light in W wall with trefoil head and hood with stops in the form of heads. 3-light N window with Perpendicular tracery and C19 hood also stops in the form of heads. 2-light E window with ogee cusping and trefoil over. Chancel: two C19 2-light windows in N wall, single similar window in N wall. E window: C19 triple lancet with hood reflecting the line of the tops of the lights. Vestry attached to S wall of chancel has single lights with trefoil heads. Flight of stone steps between S transept and vestry up to small plank door giving access to multi angular corner turret giving access to tower, S transept: C19, 2-light E window with quatrefoil, C19 2- light S window with vesica. Single light W window with decorated tracery: vesica flanked by 2 mouchettes, All windows have diamond leaded panes. Perpendicular tower of 2 stages. String just above top of buttresses, another string course with gargoyles at the 4 corners just below embattlemented parapet with 4 pinnacles. Four 2-light belfry windows with quatrefoils and limestone slate louvres. Interior: N door leads into narrow lean to aisle with a two bay arcade with a third bay cut off by the insertion of the central tower. The arcade has pointed chamfered arches on octagonal piers with shallow capitals and moulded abaci. Large indentation at W end of N aisle above floor height. Outline of blocked doorway also in W wall to nave. Inlet for blocked S doorway opposite the N door. Nave has a C19 timber arch braced roof. Similar roofs in N and S transepts. Braces supported on projecting hammer beams themselves supported on decorated stone corbels. Crossing bounded by 4 pointed compound arches each of five orders. Angel projects from each capital. Fanvault above 1859 with decorative bosses. S transept. S wall: C14 piscina with ogee head and credence shelf Geometric coloured tiles form floor of crossing and aisles in the nave and S transept. N transept and chancel have limestone flag flooring. Chancel has C19 roof as in nave and transepts but with cusped braces supported on decorative corbels Fragments of medieval stained glass in W window depicting two figures and 2 stags. Some fragments in the E window of the N transept also. C19 stained glass in the W wall of the S transept. Furniture: Norman tub shaped font on modern pillar and plinth, in N transept. C19 pews and pulpit. Monuments: C19 stone tablet with gold lettering on blocking of S doorway. Royal arms of George III, right. Chancel: two C19 marble tablets and one marble monument in the form of a sarcophagus on the left wall. Three C18 ledger stones in floor of sanctuary. History: the building of the chancel, transepts and tower are thought to be associated with the Abbots of Evesham who are reputed to have used Willersey Manor as a summer residence. The pillars supporting the tower and vault are copies of the pillars of Evesham Abbey, which were destroyed in the Reformation. (David Verey, The Buildings of England: The Cotswolds, 1979).

Listing NGR: SP1070139661


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Verey, D , The Buildings of England: Gloucestershire 1 The Cotswolds, (1970)


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: 14 Sep 2003
Reference: IOE01/11209/16
Rights: Copyright IoE Mr Peter Harnwell. Source Historic England Archive
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