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Description: Church of St John the Evangelist
Date Listed: 2 October 1954
English Heritage Building ID: 125736
OS Grid Reference: SO7487628987
OS Grid Coordinates: 374876, 228987
Latitude/Longitude: 51.9588, -2.3670
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SO 72 NW PAUNTLEY -
3/199 Church of St. John the Evangelist
(previously listed as Church of St
Parish church. C12, C13, C14, late C15. Tower and south chapel
coursed, squared stone, courses of varying heights; nave largely
better cut, squarish stone, ashlar to openings; roofs tiled. West
tower, nave, north porch, chancel, south chapel. South facade:
short, 2 stage tower: plain plinth, moulded string course shortly
above: diagonally-set corner buttresses to left, 2 offsets.
Bottom stage to tower plain: to right square-set buttress to end
nave, rebuilt with tower. Moulded string and slight offset above:
small, Tudor-arched lancet; above twin similar, with louvres.
Battlemented parapet above moulded string course, heraldic animals
at corners, lead chute slightly off centre to left. Low pyramid
roof, tall iron spike and weathervane. Nave, plinth at ground
level: 2-light window, reticulated tracery on left, no hoodmould:
similar window on right, C19 tracery. Between, to left of centre,
boarded south door, flat head, moulding extends around semi-
circular tympanum with fish-scale carving. Nook shafts either
side, volute capitals, long abacus, chevron and billet moulding to
arch, chevron to hoodmould. Parapet gable, cross-gablet apex with
stone cross. Chapel projects to right: plain plinth, diagonally-
set corner buttresses; door with Tudor arch in left return built
up in brick. Two-light window south wall, Perpendicular tracery,
set back behind casement moulding, no hoodmould. Parapet gable to
chancel behind as for nave. North door boarded with C13 hinges,
with half moons. Stone plinth to porch, patched brick. Timber-
framed sides, upper part open with 3 diamond-set bars. Arch-
braces to gable truss, tie-beam and collar. Scalloped medieval
Interior: nave walls plastered: double-ogee moulding to tower
archway, no capitals. Semi-circular chancel arch, half-round
columns to sides, with volute capitals, nook shafts with carved
head capitals: abacus extends across east wall: chevron and nail
head moulding to arch. Tie-beam and collar trusses, curved 'V'
struts, curved braces to wallposts below, off carved-head corbels.
Outline of stairs to 1783 gallery on tower arch. Chancel floor
partly memorial slabs: semi-circular plastered ceiling, moulded
ridge rib, crenellated wallplate and gable ties. Pillar piscina in
south chapel; flat ceiling. Octagonal bowl to font on clustered
column, c19 Royal Arms, 1817, in tower base. Fragments of
medieval glass in south chapel south window, more in north
windows, including Whittington arms in chancel: last repeated in
early C16 glass in tower window. 1616 and 1543 brasses in south
chapel; impressive marble monument to Anne Somerset, died 1764, by
Symonds of Hereford, a pyramid above a sarcophagus. 1620 wall
monument in nave partly cut by north window. Whittington's owned
Pauntley Court in C14 and C15; Richard Whittington, Lord Mayor of
London in early C15, a younger son. Benefactions board over south
door. Forms group with Pauntley Court and related buildings
(q.v.). (D. Verey, Gloucestershire, the Vale and the Forest of
Dean, 1970; Guide to Church, c1980; R. Bigland, Collections
Relative to the Count of Gloucestershire, 1791.)
Listing NGR: SO7492429100
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Source: English Heritage
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