CHURCH OF ST THOMAS A BECKETT

Overview

Heritage Category:
Listed Building
Grade:
II*
List Entry Number:
1369209
Date first listed:
18-Jul-1963
Statutory Address:
CHURCH OF ST THOMAS A BECKETT

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Location

Statutory Address:
CHURCH OF ST THOMAS A BECKETT

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

County:
Oxfordshire
District:
South Oxfordshire (District Authority)
Parish:
Elsfield
National Grid Reference:
SP 54053 09978

Details

ELSFIELD SP50NW 4/48 Church of St. Thomas a 18/07/63 Beckett

GV II*

Church. Late C12, late C13 and early C15, restored 1849 and by G.E. Street in 1859. Limestone rubble and ashlar; stone-slate roofs. Nave, chancel, south porch and vestry. C13 chancel has 3 lancets each side, one later extended downwards, and a 3-light east window with flowing tracery. C15 south wall of nave has 2 windows of 3 pointed lights under a square head. Small early C19 porch has an arched entrance containing the old studded door from the C17 square-headed south doorway. Rebuilt north side of the nave has two C19 lancets. West wall has a central buttress between C13 lancets and a double bellcote. Interior: Transitional chancel arch with volute capitals and corner spurs to the bases; lowered side window in chancel with a stone bookrest; C13 trefoil-headed piscina; C19 arch-braced roofs. Chancel walls retain areas of C13 painted masonry and stencil decoration above a C18 mosaic dado and a mosaic reredos of c.1860 by Salviati. Fittings include a Jacobean pulpit, with arched panels, and communion rails with bulbous balusters and a carved pulvinated frieze, probably a reused desk front from late C17 stalls of very high quality. The church has strong links with Christ Church, Oxford which must be a possible origin. C19 stained glass in east window and 3 lancets in nave. Monuments include a C18 marble wall monument and a C17 black marble ledger. (V.C.H.: Oxfordshire, Vol.V; Buildings of England: Oxfordshire, pp.591-2).

Listing NGR: SP5405309978

Legacy

The contents of this record have been generated from a legacy data system.

Legacy System number:
246568
Legacy System:
LBS

Sources

Books and journals
Pevsner, N, Sherwood, J , The Buildings of England: Oxfordshire, (1974), 591-2
Salzman, L F, The Victoria History of the County of Oxford, (1957)

Legal

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

End of official listing

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Date: 03 Aug 2004
Reference: IOE01/12044/23
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