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Description: Church of St Stephen
Date Listed: 10 January 1955
English Heritage Building ID: 132484
OS Grid Reference: SO7795309719
OS Grid Coordinates: 377953, 209719
Latitude/Longitude: 51.7857, -2.3210
There is also a scheduled monument, Moated Site at Church Farm, at the same location as this building or very close to it. This may be related in some way or possibly a different name for the same structure.
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MORETON VALENCE CHURCH LANE
SO 70 NE
6/225 Church of St. Stephen
Anglican parish church. Nave and chancel of C12, tower of C15,
south aisle late C15/early C16; restored 1880-84. Coursed and
dressed stone, with chamfered plinth to aisle and tower, stone
slate roof partly artificial on north side, coped verges with cross
finials. East ends of nave and chancel have plain string course
and animal corbels. West tower, nave with north porch and chancel,
with south aisle running whole length. Tower of 3 stages with
string courses, stepped diagonal buttresses up to second stage,
embattled parapet with gargoyles, 2-light decorative louvred belfry
openings on top stage with ogee heads, west side has pointed arch
door and 2-light ogee over on lowest stage, scattered small stair
lights. North gabled porch has timber-framed front with bracket
probably for an image, inner Norman doorway with roll-moulded arch
on jamb shafts with raised capitals and chamfered abaci, scalloped
and zig-zag lintel, with tympanum showing scene of Archangel
Michael fighting with a dragon, small squints to each side of porch
with stone wall seats below. Large 4-light Perpendicular, window
to east with square hoodmould, pointed chamfered arch for priest's
door and small Norman lancet with inner splayed reveal on north
side of chancel. C14 three-light east window in chancel. South
aisle has three 3-light Perpendicular windows to south side and
similar to west and east ends. Tudor arched cavetto moulded
doorway between bays one and 2, opposite north porch, with enriched
spandrels and square hoodmould and original vertical battened door.
Interior: Norman chancel arch similar to north porch. Two-bay
tall nave arcade with octagonal concave-moulded piers, and 4
centred arches, smaller similar bay from chancel. Remains of rood
loft probably of C15. Piscina in chancel and additional free-
standing Norman piscina in south aisle, near baroque stone wall
monument to John Harris 1727.
(VCH, Gloucestershire, Vol X, 1972; David Verey, Buildings of
England - Gloucestershire: the Vale and the Forest of Dean, 1980)
Listing NGR: SO7795209719
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Source: English Heritage
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