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Church of St Olave, Fritwell

Description: Church of St Olave

Grade: II*
Date Listed: 7 December 1966
English Heritage Building ID: 244548

OS Grid Reference: SP5245229301
OS Grid Coordinates: 452452, 229301
Latitude/Longitude: 51.9597, -1.2381

Location: The Lane, Fritwell, Oxfordshire OX27 7QS

Locality: Fritwell
Local Authority: Cherwell District Council
County: Oxfordshire
Country: England
Postcode: OX27 7QS

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Listing Text

3/24 Church of St. Olave

Church. C12, C13 and C14, restored and partly rebuilt 1864 by G.E. Street.
Coursed squared limestone rubble with limestone-ashlar and some marlstone-ashlar
dressings; lead, Stonesfield-slate and plain-tile roofs. Chancel, nave, north
and south aisles, west tower and south porch. Restored C13 chancel has a C19
east window, but retains a small lancet to north and an ogee-headed C14 lancet
to south; the buttresses incorporate C15 carved panelling. The narrow lean-to
south aisle has a small lancet to east and a restored lancet to west, but has
square-headed C14 and C15 windows to south of 2 and 3 lights; the fine C12
doorway, sheltered by a C19 porch, has chevron ornament surrounding a tympanum
carved with 2 beasts devouring a tree. The north aisle, which is also parapetted
in marlstone, has similar windows to north but the east and west windows are
traceried; the C12 doorway is plainer but has a cable mould around the arch. The
rebuilt pyramid-roofed tower incorporates tall 2-light C13 bell-chamber openings
with plate tracery. Interior: chancel has a re-sited column piscina or stoup of
C.1200, and the north wall contains the Romanesque former chancel arch of 2
orders, the outer with chevron decoration. Chancel arch is C19, but the 4-bay
nave arcades of 2 chamfered orders are probably C13 on the south, with round
columns and some nailhead ornament, and C14 on the north, with octagonal
columns. The roofs, including a crown-post roof in the nave, and all the
fittings are C19, except for a panelled C14 font which tapers towards the base,
and the western gallery, made up from Jacobean woodwork in 1901.
(VCH: Oxfordshire, Vol VI, p144; Buildings of England: Oxfordshire, pp608-9)

Listing NGR: SP5245229301

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Source: English Heritage

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