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Church of St Peter, Willersey

Description: Church of St Peter

Grade: I
Date Listed: 25 August 1960
English Heritage Building ID: 127079

OS Grid Reference: SP1070039661
OS Grid Coordinates: 410700, 239661
Latitude/Longitude: 52.0552, -1.8453

Location: 6 Church Street, Willersey, Gloucestershire WR12 7PN

Locality: Willersey
Local Authority: Cotswold District Council
County: Gloucestershire
Country: England
Postcode: WR12 7PN

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Listing Text

(north side)

14/163 Church of St. Peter


Anglican Parish Church, C12 nave with blocked S doorway. C13 N
porch. N aisle rebuilt C13. C15 tower. C19 vestry and
restoration. Nave and N aisle: coursed and squared limestone,
with angle buttresses and a racking buttress on the N. Transepts:
coursed, squared and dressed limestone. Chancel: coursed
limestone rubble with some ashlar blocks incorporated in the lower
courses. Vestry: ashlar limestone. Tower: ashlar limestone with
diagonal buttresses. Limestone slate roof with slightly stepped
gable coping and decorative upright cross finials. Plan: N aisle
entered via N porch; nave; crossing; N and S transepts; chancel
with vestry on S side. Nave: 3-light it window with Perpendicular
tracery and hood with stops. Pointed, blocked doorway to left.
Blocked Norman doorway in S wall with plain semi-circular tympanum
supported on moulded imposts. C13 porch with pointed, flat-
chamfered arch with hood. N transept: single light in W wall with
trefoil head and hood with stops in the form of heads. 3-light N
window with Perpendicular tracery and C19 hood also stops in the
form of heads. 2-light E window with ogee cusping and trefoil
over. Chancel: two C19 2-light windows in N wall, single similar
window in N wall. E window: C19 triple lancet with hood
reflecting the line of the tops of the lights. Vestry attached to
S wall of chancel has single lights with trefoil heads. Flight of
stone steps between S transept and vestry up to small plank door
giving access to multi angular corner turret giving access to
tower, S transept: C19, 2-light E window with quatrefoil, C19 2-
light S window with vesica. Single light W window with decorated
tracery: vesica flanked by 2 mouchettes, All windows have diamond
leaded panes. Perpendicular tower of 2 stages. String just above
top of buttresses, another string course with gargoyles at the 4
corners just below embattlemented parapet with 4 pinnacles. Four
2-light belfry windows with quatrefoils and limestone slate
Interior: N door leads into narrow lean to aisle with a two bay
arcade with a third bay cut off by the insertion of the central
tower. The arcade has pointed chamfered arches on octagonal piers
with shallow capitals and moulded abaci. Large indentation at W
end of N aisle above floor height. Outline of blocked doorway
also in W wall to nave. Inlet for blocked S doorway opposite the
N door. Nave has a C19 timber arch braced roof. Similar roofs in
N and S transepts. Braces supported on projecting hammer beams
themselves supported on decorated stone corbels. Crossing bounded
by 4 pointed compound arches each of five orders. Angel projects
from each capital. Fanvault above 1859 with decorative bosses. S
transept. S wall: C14 piscina with ogee head and credence shelf
Geometric coloured tiles form floor of crossing and aisles in the
nave and S transept. N transept and chancel have limestone flag
flooring. Chancel has C19 roof as in nave and transepts but with
cusped braces supported on decorative corbels Fragments of medieval
stained glass in W window depicting two figures and 2 stags. Some
fragments in the E window of the N transept also. C19 stained
glass in the W wall of the S transept. Furniture: Norman tub
shaped font on modern pillar and plinth, in N transept. C19 pews
and pulpit. Monuments: C19 stone tablet with gold lettering on
blocking of S doorway. Royal arms of George III, right. Chancel:
two C19 marble tablets and one marble monument in the form of a
sarcophagus on the left wall. Three C18 ledger stones in floor of
sanctuary. History: the building of the chancel, transepts and
tower are thought to be associated with the Abbots of Evesham who
are reputed to have used Willersey Manor as a summer residence.
The pillars supporting the tower and vault are copies of the
pillars of Evesham Abbey, which were destroyed in the Reformation.
(David Verey, The Buildings of England: The Cotswolds, 1979).

Listing NGR: SP1070139661

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Source: English Heritage

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