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Church of St Michael, Barford St John and St Michael

Description: Church of St Michael

Grade: I
Date Listed: 8 December 1955
English Heritage Building ID: 244147

OS Grid Reference: SP4327032610
OS Grid Coordinates: 443270, 232610
Latitude/Longitude: 51.9903, -1.3713

Location: Church Street, Barford St John and St Michael, Oxfordshire OX15 0RJ

Locality: Barford St John and St Michael
Local Authority: Cherwell District Council
County: Oxfordshire
Country: England
Postcode: OX15 0RJ

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Listing Text

SP4332 (South side)
Barford St.Michael
12/44 Church of St. Michael


Church. c.1150. Remodelled C13. Regular coursed ironstone rubble. Stone copings.
Chancel, nave, south aisle and south porch in unusual position in angle between
south aisle and chancel. Chancel: 3-light traceried east widow has 4-centred
head and hood mould. Some stonework renewed. 2-light window with Y-tracery to
south with hood mould and label stops. 2 similar windows to north. Between them
a pointed arched doorway with plank door. To right a square headed window. Nave:
A 2-light window with Y-tracery to left and a 3-light window with intersecting
tracery. North porch: Gabled with chamfered arch. North doorway: Romanesque with
2 orders of roll moulding overset with bearhead decoration, separated by bands
of zig-zag. Timpanum decorated with beaded interlace in a figure of eight. South
doorway of the same date has one order of ziz-zag, a plain tympanum and a lintel
with 4 rows of stairs. Plank door has elaborate wrought iron strap hinges. A
2-light window with Y-tracery to right. Single lancet to west. South aisle:
Gabled porch is flanked by a 2-light window with cusped ogee heads and 2 windows
with intersecting tracery. South tower: 3 stages. Crenellated parapet. 2-light
square-headed stone mullioned window to bell tower. Early English window to
ground floor. Original buttresses and moulded stone cornice to chancel nave has
moulded cornice and plain parapet with canopied niche and finials. Interior:
Chancel arch C13. The repsonds contain Norman work including 2 shafts with
scallop capitals and a band of palmetti decoration. Decorated piscina in chancel
has projecting bowl. South aisle: 3 unequal bays. round piers with moulded
capitals and rectangular piers. All arches are double chamfered. Early English
piscina in south aisle has 2 trefoiled arches. Fittings: C15 chancel screen with
Georgian doors. Poppy head bench ends in nave. Lectern and prayer desk
incorporate Jacobean panelling. A notable survival of Romanesque north and south
(V.C.H.: Oxfordshire, Vol.XI, p.54; Buildings of England: Oxfordshire, 1974,

Listing NGR: SP4326932610

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Source: English Heritage

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