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Cherwell (District Authority)
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SP 56188 21366


SP52SE CHESTERTON MANOR FARM LANE (North side) Great Chesterton

6/39 Church of St. Mary 07/12/66 (Formerly listed as Church of St. Mary Virgin)


Church. Late C12, C13, C14 and C15; restored 1866 by F.C. Penrose. Limestone rubble, partly rendered, with ashlar dressings; lead roofs. Chancel, aisled nave, west tower and south porch. Chancel has two 2-light Decorated windows to south but has C13 lancet low-side windows, cusped to south, and a C13 priests' door with a renewed shouldered arch; east window is of 1852 and the parapet is probably C15. Narrow south aisle has a 2-light Decorated window with geometrical tracery and 3 square-headed C15 windows. South porch is probably C14 but the entrance arch has been rebuilt though retaining ancient doors; it shelters a simple C14 doorway. Rendered north aisle is restored, with C19 windows to east and west, but it retains a blocked chamfered doorway and 2 square-headed windows, one with Perpendicular tracery. C15 clerestory has square-headed windows of 2 trefoiled lights. 3-stage C14 tower has a 2-light west window with reticulated tracery, and has similar bell-chamber openings; the solid parapet has a frieze of quatrefoils. Interior: chancel has a C14 triple sedilia with free-standing shafts and ball-flower ornament plus traces of painted decoration; rectangular double-bowl piscina and aumbry, above, also have some painted patterning. Roof is dated 1857. Chancel arch has detached shafts with stiff-leaf capitals. Transitional north arcade of 3-bay nave has pointed arches on round piers with scalloped capitals; taller C13 south arcade has moulded capitals. Nave roof with moulded cambered beams and moulded purlins is probably C15/C16, but aisle roofs are C19. Fittings include a plain tub font with an elaborate C18 wrought-iron finial and arched crane, plus several pieces of C16 and C17 woodwork incorporated into furnishings and a fine C17 communion table with carved baluster legs. Memorials include a brass to William Maunde (died 1612) and his wife. Wrought-iron chandelliers have details similar to the font ironwork and may be contemporary. (V.C.H.; 0xfordshire, Vol. VI, p.102; Buildings of England: Oxfordshire, pp.617-8).

Listing NGR: SP5618821366


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Books and journals
Pevsner, N, Sherwood, J , The Buildings of England: Oxfordshire, (1974), 617-8
Salzman, L F, The Victoria History of the County of Oxford, (1959), 102


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: 22 Jul 2003
Reference: IOE01/10765/32
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