Description: Church of St Mary
Date Listed: 7 December 1966
English Heritage Building ID: 243424
OS Grid Reference: SP5618821366
OS Grid Coordinates: 456188, 221366
Latitude/Longitude: 51.8880, -1.1850
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SP52SE CHESTERTON MANOR FARM LANE
6/39 Church of St. Mary
07/12/66 (Formerly listed as Church
of St. Mary Virgin)
Church. Late C12, C13, C14 and C15; restored 1866 by F.C. Penrose. Limestone
rubble, partly rendered, with ashlar dressings; lead roofs. Chancel, aisled
nave, west tower and south porch. Chancel has two 2-light Decorated windows to
south but has C13 lancet low-side windows, cusped to south, and a C13 priests'
door with a renewed shouldered arch; east window is of 1852 and the parapet is
probably C15. Narrow south aisle has a 2-light Decorated window with geometrical
tracery and 3 square-headed C15 windows. South porch is probably C14 but the
entrance arch has been rebuilt though retaining ancient doors; it shelters a
simple C14 doorway. Rendered north aisle is restored, with C19 windows to east
and west, but it retains a blocked chamfered doorway and 2 square-headed
windows, one with Perpendicular tracery. C15 clerestory has square-headed
windows of 2 trefoiled lights. 3-stage C14 tower has a 2-light west window with
reticulated tracery, and has similar bell-chamber openings; the solid parapet
has a frieze of quatrefoils. Interior: chancel has a C14 triple sedilia with
free-standing shafts and ball-flower ornament plus traces of painted decoration;
rectangular double-bowl piscina and aumbry, above, also have some painted
patterning. Roof is dated 1857. Chancel arch has detached shafts with stiff-leaf
capitals. Transitional north arcade of 3-bay nave has pointed arches on round
piers with scalloped capitals; taller C13 south arcade has moulded capitals.
Nave roof with moulded cambered beams and moulded purlins is probably C15/C16,
but aisle roofs are C19. Fittings include a plain tub font with an elaborate C18
wrought-iron finial and arched crane, plus several pieces of C16 and C17
woodwork incorporated into furnishings and a fine C17 communion table with
carved baluster legs. Memorials include a brass to William Maunde (died 1612)
and his wife. Wrought-iron chandelliers have details similar to the font
ironwork and may be contemporary.
(V.C.H.; 0xfordshire, Vol. VI, p.102; Buildings of England: Oxfordshire,
Listing NGR: SP5618821366
Source: English Heritage
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