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Description: Church of St John the Baptist
Date Listed: 2 October 1954
English Heritage Building ID: 125913
OS Grid Reference: SO6799334591
OS Grid Coordinates: 367993, 234591
Latitude/Longitude: 52.0088, -2.4677
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SO 63 SE
4/95 Church of St. John the Baptist
Parish Church. Late Cll, C13, C14, 1859, 1885 restoration.
Roughly squared random rubble, ashlar dressings, coursed squared
stone to south aisle, tiled roof. Porch timber-framed, rendered
panels on stone plinth, stone-slate roof. Nave, south aisle,
chancel, vestry, north porch. North, entrance facade: on right
square-set C19 buttress: gabled porch, low plinth, 2-panel high
framing at sides, open end, ovolo mould to posts and arch braces to
tie beam, 2 collars over, scalloped bargeboards, iron cross on
ridge. Internally, collar truss with curved braces, clasped
purlins, row hatpegs on backboard on. left . Covers square-headed
doorway, chamfered reveals, semi-circular tympanum with Agnus Dei
and dummy voussoirs: boarded door. To left of porch vertical
joint in stonework: round-headed lancet, on left paired lancets
with trefoil heads: large, square-set buttress with 2 offsets.
Parapet gable each end: roll on apex at east: bellcote west.
Chancel same width as nave: plinth: trefoil-headed lancet on
right, paired 1885 lancets left, trefoil heads, diagonally-set
corner buttress. Parapet gable, cross-gablet apex with stone
cross, crested ridge tiles. East end, plinth, diagonally-set
corner buttresses, twin lancets, trefoil heads. Oval wall monument
on right, E. Palmer, 1795. Set back on left lean-to gable to Cl9
vestry. West end, plinth, buttress on left, 2 central projections
rising to support bellcote, 2 offsets each side. Between, set back
2 lancets, one above other, upper semi-circular head, lower
trefoil. On right lean-to gable of south aisle. Projections
linked by arch, offsets each side above roof behind: moulded
string course. Twin arched openings for bellcote, trefoil above:
coped gable with iron weatherwane on apex. Interior: plastered
walls: wide, probably C19 chancel arch. Three-bay arcade to
aisle, circular pillars, moulded caps and bases. No clerestory.
Nave roof arch-braced collar purlin. Piscina in chancel below west
window on north: low sills to north and south windows at east end.
Facetted boarded, panelled ceiling. Pulpit open 7-sided timber,
trefoil heads to sides over clustered columns, low stone base:
matching communion rail. Octagonal stone font on stem, quatrefoils
to sides of bowl (C19). A little medieval glass in one south aisle
window. Baroque monument to Anne Robbins in nave (1658). Other
wall monuments, C17 to second quarter C19. Bellcote and associated
work to west wall probably of same date as south aisle, added 1859.
Chancel, restored 1885. Forms group with Preston Court (q.v.).
(Kelly's Gloucestershire, 1879; D. Verey, Gloucestershire, the
Vale and the Forest of Dean, 1970)
Listing NGR: SO6799234591
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