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Description: Church of St Thomas a Beckett
Date Listed: 18 July 1963
English Heritage Building ID: 246568
OS Grid Reference: SP5405309978
OS Grid Coordinates: 454053, 209978
Latitude/Longitude: 51.7859, -1.2178
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4/48 Church of St. Thomas a
Church. Late C12, late C13 and early C15, restored 1849 and by G.E. Street in
1859. Limestone rubble and ashlar; stone-slate roofs. Nave, chancel, south porch
and vestry. C13 chancel has 3 lancets each side, one later extended downwards,
and a 3-light east window with flowing tracery. C15 south wall of nave has 2
windows of 3 pointed lights under a square head. Small early C19 porch has an
arched entrance containing the old studded door from the C17 square-headed south
doorway. Rebuilt north side of the nave has two C19 lancets. West wall has a
central buttress between C13 lancets and a double bellcote. Interior:
Transitional chancel arch with volute capitals and corner spurs to the bases;
lowered side window in chancel with a stone bookrest; C13 trefoil-headed
piscina; C19 arch-braced roofs. Chancel walls retain areas of C13 painted
masonry and stencil decoration above a C18 mosaic dado and a mosaic reredos of
c.1860 by Salviati. Fittings include a Jacobean pulpit, with arched panels, and
communion rails with bulbous balusters and a carved pulvinated frieze, probably
a reused desk front from late C17 stalls of very high quality. The church has
strong links with Christ Church, Oxford which must be a possible origin. C19
stained glass in east window and 3 lancets in nave. Monuments include a C18
marble wall monument and a C17 black marble ledger.
(V.C.H.: Oxfordshire, Vol.V; Buildings of England: Oxfordshire, pp.591-2).
Listing NGR: SP5405309978
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Source: English Heritage
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