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West Oxfordshire (District Authority)
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SP 27386 04597


SP2604-2704 ALVESCOT MILL LANF 9/13 (East side) 12/09/55 Church of St. Peter

GV II* Church. Earliest surviving features are early C13 details of north transept, and C13 north door of nave. C14 south porch. Later C15 west tower, nave and south transept, latter with south wall rebuilt C16. Chancel rebuilt C19, probably during restorations of 1872-3 by W. Slater and R.H. Carpenter. Coursed rubble limestone with stone slate roofs. Cruciform plan. West tower is of three stages with battlemented parapet, diagonal buttresses and south-west stair projection. C15 openings, with 2-light traceried windows to bellchamber, 3-light traceried west window, and small west door in double chamfered pointed head. Nave has coved cornice and off-set buttress with mass dial. Large C15 south window of 3 lights with Perpendicular tracery and small carved head stops to hoodmould; C15-C16 2-light north window with Tudor hoodmould. North door is blocked and has 2-centred arch with hoodmould; south door is C13-C14 with moulded arch and carved head hoodmould stops. South porch has 2-centred arch, stone benches and lean-to roof to transept. South transept has C15-C16 2-light east window with cusped lights, and C16 3-light south window without cusping, both with Tudor hoodmoulds. North transept retains original east lancet and small blocked west doorway with semi-circular arch, but has C19 2-light window in north wall. 2-bay chancel has C19 traceried windows in Decorated style, 2-light to north and south, 3-light to east, and C19 gabled vestry and boiler house to north. Interior: nave has double hollow-chamfered arch to tower, and blocked stair door with 4-centred arch. At east end of nave on north side is a shallow niche with cusped 4-centred arch and traces of wall-painting. Nave roof remodelled C19 with quatrefoil wind-bracing but retaining C17-C18 tie-beams. Former roof-line marked by stone corbels with carved heads below. Between nave and south transept is a large arch similar to tower arch, with narrower simpler arch to east. South transept has trefoil-headed piscina and both transepts have squints to chancel. Arch between north transept and nave is early C13, restored, with moulded capital and base to cylindrical half-pier at west respond. Chancel arch matches tower arch. Interior of chancel is C19 but incorporates some original features, including a small lancet window in north wall, an altered piscina, 2 stone roundels in east wall, and a pair of very small arched niches in north wall. Also in north wall is an Easter Sepulchre (?) assembled from various pieces of C14 masonry. Fittings: font is C12-C13 and has square stone bowl with shafted corners on base with narrow band of nailhead ornament. Charity panel of 1831 in tower. Other fittings and glass are C19. Monuments: brasses to Alice Malory 1579 and husband, in south transept. 3 good marble wall tablets in nave: a) to Samuel Adams, Rector, d.1750, with obelisk and urn on pedestal. b) to Goddard Carter, d.1725, and wife Rebecca, with open pediment on Ionic columns, and charity panel below, c) to Elizabeth Adams, d.1728, and 7 children, with 3 carved cherub heads in a roundel. In tower are a simple tablet to Alice Wayne 1675, and a marble tablet to Martha Rudger, 1772.

(Buildings of England: Oxfordshire: 1974, p421)

Listing NGR: SP2738604597


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Pevsner, N, Sherwood, J , The Buildings of England: Oxfordshire, (1974), 421


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: 28 Dec 2002
Reference: IOE01/09532/12
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