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List Entry Summary

This building is listed under the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990 as amended for its special architectural or historic interest.


List entry Number: 1277633



The building may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

County: Oxfordshire

District: Cherwell

District Type: District Authority

Parish: South Newington

National Park: Not applicable to this List entry.

Grade: I

Date first listed: 08-Dec-1955

Date of most recent amendment: Not applicable to this List entry.

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Legacy System: LBS

UID: 430889

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SOUTH NEWINGTON THE TOWN SP4033 (North side) 11/274 Church of St. Peter ad Virtcula 08/12/55


Parish church. C12, C13, C14 and C15. Restored 1595, 1755, 1822-3 and 1892-3. Regular coursed ironstone rubble. Lead and Welsh slate roofs. Limestone dressings. Chancel, nave, north and south aisles, west tower, south porch. C12 chancel: North and south windows of 2 lights with quatrefoils in heads. 3-light Perpendicular east window. Pointed arched doorway to south has moulded jambs, hood mould and plank door. Nave: C12, four 2-light Perpendicular clerestory windows to north and south. North aisle: C12, two- and 3-light Decorated windows have reticulated tracery. East window transitional from Decorated to Perpendicular. Pointed arched doorway to right has hood mould and label stops. Plank door. South aisle: c.1290-1300. 2 lancets to west end: two- and 3-light windows with Y-tracery, Perpendicular tracery and intersecting tracery. South doorway: c.1300. South porch: C15, wide 4-centred arch with quatrefoils in spandrels. Canopied niche above. Crenellated parapet and crocketed pinnacles. West tower: Early C14. 3 stages. Pointed arched west doorway has hood mould with label stops. Plank door. 2-light windows with Y-tracery. Crenellated parapet. Interior: Chancel has Decorated piscina with ogee head. Nave: 4-bay arcades to north and south. Wider pointed small arched bay to east c.1300. North arcade has 2 plain round Romanesque arches and circular piers with scalloped capitals. Pointed arch to west. South arcade has pointed arches. The 2 west arches have 2 orders of hollow chamfers and a round pier with a moulded capital. The 2 rectangular piers to the east have capitals with nail head decoration. C12 round font has a band of zig-zag decoration. Box pews. C14 glass fragments in chancel windows. C17 achievement of arms in window of south aisle to the Hall family. Wall paintings: noted as the finest group of medieval wall paintings in the County. C14 fragments over chancel arch. North aisle paintings c.1330 (Professor Tristram) in Courtly style, oil on plaster: St. Margaret and the Dragon; St James with kneeling doner; the Martyrdom of St. Thomas-a-Becket; the murder of Thomas of Lancaster. Nave arcades: Late C15 paintings of the Passion series, in primitive archaic style. Monuments: South aisled to Gamvel Hall interred 1639; wall plaque to John Lane, d.1671. (V.C.H.: Oxfordshire, Vol XI, p,137, Buildings of England: Oxfordshire, 1974, pp.771-3).

Listing NGR: SP4074733338

Selected Sources

Books and journals
Pevsner, N, Sherwood, J , The Buildings of England: Oxfordshire, (1974), 771-3
Salzman, L F, The Victoria History of the County of Oxford, (1983), 137
Tristram, E W , English Wall Painting of the Fourteenth Century, (1954)

National Grid Reference: SP 40747 33338


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