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Description: Church of St Swithin
Date Listed: 5 December 1955
English Heritage Building ID: 145654
OS Grid Reference: SU5156832777
OS Grid Coordinates: 451568, 132777
Latitude/Longitude: 51.0920, -1.2650
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SU 5132 ITCHEN VALLEY CHURCH LANE
5.12.55 Church of St Swithin
Parish church. Mid C12, C15, restored and enlarged 1865. Flint with stone
dressings, nave rendered, old plain tile roof, tilehung bellcote. Norman
church probably single cell with C19 apsidal chancel, organ recess to N of
chancel, and to nave late C19 NW vestry and W bellcote. Chancel has plinth
with offset, 3 roundheaded lancets with labels on apsidal end and one each on
sides and in vestry. Nave N wall has at E C15 cinquefoiled 2-light window
reworked C19, in centre is C19 single quatrefoiled light, W of it C12 N door,
roundheaded of 2 orders with nook shafts, outer order has zig-zag work with
billet label, and simple foliage capitals. NW C20 stepped gabled vestry with
2-light trefoiled window. S wall has at E C15 2-light cinquefoiled window
reworked C19, in centre, high-up C19 cinquefoiled window with on W of it C12
S door, roundheaded of 2 orders, outer of 2 roll mouldings with diamond
hatchment label, inner order plain, and nook shafts with simple foliage capitals.
W window C15 2-light cinquefoiled window with label. W gable timber-frame with
plaster infill, rising to support tile-hung bellcote of 1871 with all round at
top trefoiled openings, and hipped roof with splayed eaves, weathervane and
3 Cl7 bells. Inside dark chancel with stained glass windows with splayed rear
arches and chevron moulded architraves, below, all round, panelling and vaulted
ceiling with painted ribs supported on corbels and N opening to organ recess.
Chancel arch unsymmetrical of 2 orders with thick inner order on corbels to
S and columns on corbels to N. In SE corner of nave C13 piscina. C15
3-centred openings to E 2-light windows to N and S, and W window. Splayed
roundheaded openings to central windows. Plain roundheaded doors including
C19 vestry door. W end of nave has 2 timber columns supporting bellcote. E
end to E of central windows has low pitch C15 original chancel roof with C19 roof
added over to continue roof line. Heavy timbered-:2 bay roof with cruck blades
on corbels to E, carved corbels to W and corbels on wallplate in centre,
carved bosses and moulded wallplate, rest of nave roof C16 arched brace
trusses. Floor slabs: 1723 Gulielmus Evelyn, 1728/36 Charles Dales, 1731
William Moss, 1758 Richard Heath. Monuments: to S: 1745 Guliemus Moss, 1794
Charles Dale and wife, 1810 Rev. John Shorland; to N: 1730 Fennella Bail,
1801 Thomas Ogle, 1812 Mary Bennett, 1836 Maria Breens, and C18 coat-of-arms
of Bishop Headley.
Listing NGR: SU5159432691
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