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Oxhey Chapel, Watford Rural

Description: Oxhey Chapel

Grade: II*
Date Listed: 1 September 1953
English Heritage Building ID: 158980

OS Grid Reference: TQ1136493347
OS Grid Coordinates: 511364, 193347
Latitude/Longitude: 51.6279, -0.3925

Location: Gosforth Lane, Watford Rural, Hertfordshire WD1 4PL

Locality: Watford Rural
Local Authority: Three Rivers District Council
County: Hertfordshire
Country: England
Postcode: WD1 4PL

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Listing Text

(Southwest side)

10/335 Oxhey Chapel

Proprietary chapel to Oxhey Place (not listed) now redundant. 1612 for
Sir J. Altham. Repaired 1852 for T. Estcourt. Restored and narthex added
1897 for T.F. Blackwell by J.E.K. Cutts. Altered and repaired 1963.
Knapped flint and 2 inch red brick chequer work. Stone dressings. Tiled
roof. 2 bay rectangular cell with narthex to west. Entrance to W in
projecting narthex with slightly further projecting entrance bay.
Original plank and muntin door with carved head. Moulded Tudor arched
surround with square hood mould and panels dated 1897 in spandrels. Stone
quoins return to flanking bays with 2 light windows, hollow moulded
surrounds and pointed heads to each light all under square hood moulds.
Stone quoins to returns. Moulded stone cap to continuous flint plinth.
Stone capping to narthex. C20 plaques in narthex front wall. In W end
above narthex a 4 light window with octagonal and hexagonal leaded panes,
hollow moulded inner surrounds, pointed heads to each light, chamfered
outer surround, square hood mould. Rendered course below moulded stone
cornice. Stone quoins. C19 brick parapet with C20 stone coped gable.
Behind gable a C20 octagonal timber belfry with an ogee headed cupola. N
and S sides have two 3 light windows as at W end, separated by a C19
brick buttress to N. E end: central blocked entrance with timber lintel.
C17 brick to sill level of 4 light window as at W end. Plaque with dates
1612 and 1963 in E gable. Interior: double rows of 1897 stalls following
C17 model arranged in collegiate fashion. Late C17 W doorcase with
richly carved Corinthian pilasters and entablature. At E end late C17
reredos, twisted Solomonic columns frame 2 panels with Ten Commandments,
outer panels with Lord's Prayer and Credo. Richly carved open pediment
to centre with cartouche and pendant drops, urn to gilded flame finial,
flanking pediments. Black and white marble paving in sanctuary. Shallow
pitched 5 bay roof retains moulded tie beams, purlins and ridge plate.
Arched braces with cusped traceried spandrels. C17 font at W end,
octagonal base and panelled shaft coved out to circular bowl and domical
cover, upper part with rich foliate carving, urn finial. 8 branch
candelabrum. C19 communion rails and lectern. Wall tomb to S to Sir
J. Altham, d.1616, and his last wife Helen, d.1638. 2 praying figures in
aedicular frame of alabaster and marble. 2 arches with carved soffits,
Corinthian columns, segmental open pediment surmounted by a shield of
arms in a scrolled cartouche, flanking obelisks. Inscribed panel below
base. At W end of S wall a brass plate recording building of chapel and
a marble tablet to J.A. Bucknall dated 1797 and signed by C. Regnant,
over tablet a female mourning figure with an urn in high relief.
(Kelly's Directory 1898: VCH 1908: RCHM 1910: Pevsner 1977).

Listing NGR: TQ1136493347

This text is a legacy record and has not been updated since the building was originally listed. Details of the building may have changed in the intervening time. You should not rely on this listing as an accurate description of the building.

Source: English Heritage

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