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Cherwell (District Authority)
Upper Heyford
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SP 49483 25866


UPPER HEYFORD CHURCH WALK SP42NE (West side) 2/137 Church of St. Mary 07/12/66 GV II*

Church. C15, and 1867 by Talbot Bury incorporating C14 and C15 elements. Rubble and coursed squared limestone with ashlar dressings; Welsh-slate, sheet-metal, and concrete plain-tile roofs. Chancel, nave, north aisle, north and south vestries, west tower and south porch. Rebuilt chancel incorporates a fine 3-light east window with Perpendicular drop tracery below a 4-centred arch, and has a square-headed 2-light window to north; matching window to south plus remainder of chancel and vestries is C19. Nave has, to south, two 3-light Perpendicular-style windows below pairs of quatrefoil clerestory windows, and has 2 small windows above the south porch. North aisle has traceried windows with pointed-segmental arches. North clerestory has 3 pairs of quatrefoil windows, and the nave parapet is a frieze of blind quatrefoils. C15 rubble tower, with diagonal buttresses and moulded plinth and strings, has a moulded Tudor-arched west doorway below a 3-light Perpendicular window, and has arched 2-light bell-chamber openings with Perpendicular tracery, below a crenellated parapet which formerly had corner pinnacles; buttresses carry the arms of New College Oxford and its Warden at the time of building (c.1465). Interior: Chancel incorporates a C14 piscina with a cusped head, a C14 recess containing the effigy of a priest, and a cartouche of arms, now forming the base of a missal stand. Wide 4-centred arch to south vestry; coupled-rafter roof with arched bracing. Responds of chancel arch, and east respond and first capital of 3-bay nave arcade, have vigorously-carved capitals with naturalistic grapes, corn, and other vegetation; remaining capitals are moulded but remain uncarved. C15 tower arch has inner shafts with octagonal capitals plus a wide casement moulding. Perpendicular-style nave roof. Fittings include an Art Noveau wrought-iron screen of c.1900, brought from Bicester Church. Numerous late-C17 and early-C18 ledgers, mostly to members of the Myrry family. C19 stained glass in east window. (VCH Oxfordshire, Vol VI, p204; Buildings of England: Oxfordshire, p820)

Listing NGR: SP4948325866


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Books and journals
Pevsner, N, Sherwood, J , The Buildings of England: Oxfordshire, (1974)
Salzman, L F, The Victoria History of the County of Oxford, (1962), 820


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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