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Church of St Lawrence, Caversfield

Description: Church of St Lawrence

Grade: II*
Date Listed: 7 December 1966
English Heritage Building ID: 243417

OS Grid Reference: SP5806325202
OS Grid Coordinates: 458063, 225202
Latitude/Longitude: 51.9223, -1.1571

Location: B4100, Bicester OX27 8TQ

Locality: Caversfield
Local Authority: Cherwell District Council
County: Oxfordshire
Country: England
Postcode: OX27 8TQ

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Listing Text

(East side)

2/32 Church of St. Lawrence

- II*

Church. C10/C11, late C12 and C13, restored and partly rebuilt 1874 by Henry
Woodyer. Coursed and random limestone rubble with ashlar dressings;
Stonesfield-slate and concrete plain-tile roofs. Chancel, aisled nave and west
tower. C13 chancel has a pair of lancets in the east wall and, to south, a
further lancet plus a 2-light Decorated window and a square-headed C15 window;
vestry to north is C19 and includes a 3-light Decorated-style window below a
gable. Rebuilt aisles, in coursed rubble, have small lancets but, to north, a
short gabled projection contains a re-used C12 doorway of 2 orders with engaged
shafts, an inner roll, and an outer band of undercut chevrons. The pre-Conquest
base of the 3-stage tower has small windows to north and south with external
splays, other windows and all quoins have been renewed and the roof has rebuilt
gables facing east and west. Interior: chancel has deep splays to the lancets, a
small aumbry, a trefoiled piscina, and a restored archway to the north; chancel
arch has C19 responds; 2-bay, nave arcades have Transitional round piers with
corner spurs and knob-volute capitals (partly restored), above which are
elaborate C13 arches with multiple-roll moulding and dog-tooth ornament; C19
tower arch; all roofs C19 with arch-braced collar trusses and curved windbraces.
Monuments include several brasses and fragments, mostly removed from their
casements, the elaborately-panelled C15 tomb chest of John Langston (died 1487),
some C17 ledgers, and a group of C18 and C19 wall tablets below the tower. C12
font has arcaded sides. The early-C13 bell below the tower is the oldest
inscribed bell in England
(Buildings of England: 0xfordshire, pp.523/4.

Listing NGR: SP5806325202

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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