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Description: Church of the Holy Rood
Date Listed: 18 July 1963
English Heritage Building ID: 246752
OS Grid Reference: SP5348911898
OS Grid Coordinates: 453489, 211898
Latitude/Longitude: 51.8032, -1.2257
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1/231 Church of the Holy Rood
Church. C13; tower C14. Limestone rubble with ashlar dressings; stone-slate and
lead roofs. Nave, chancel, west tower and south porch. C13 chancel has, to
north, 2 lancets and blocked round-headed doorway; to south, one small lancet
remains beside a C13 priests door with 2 orders of roll moulding, and to right
is a C15 window of 2 cinquefoil lights under a label. Nave has, to south, 2
trefoil-headed lancets and a 2-light window converted, in the C15, to a tall
mullioned and transomed window. Small C17 porch with an old studded door
shelters a Decorated doorway with panelled doors. To north is another lancet, a
2-light window with Y-tracery and a blocked door. The west wall has a central
buttress between a trefoil lancet and a blocked lancet. The gable is built up to
form the west wall of the C14 internal tower which has arched traceried
mullioned and transomed belfry openings below a crenellated and pinnacled
parapet. Interior: Chancel has a trefoil-headed piscina, a projecting sedilium
with one stone armrest, and a stone bench, all to south; chancel arch is C14;
western bay of wide nave is taken up with tower set on 2 tall octagonal piers.
Nave roof has remains of C13 coupled-rafter roof, at east end, including a tie
beam with a rare painted doom inscription; rest of nave roof is probably C14
with arched windbraces to the lower purlins. Wall paintings include a large
early C14 St. Christopher, with Norman-French inscription, over the blocked
north door, and contemporary masonry decoration in red over much of the nave
walls. Fittings include C15 benches with 4 fleur-de-lys poppy heads in the nave
and 4 more-elaborate bench ends in the chancel; early C16 screen with painted
linenfold panelling and tracery; C18 panelled manorial pew and reading desk:
late C18/early C19 western gallery. Monuments include a marble wall memorial to
Anne Nourse, died 1669 with Corinthian pilasters and a swan-necked pediment; C17
ledgers; 5 late C18/early C19 hatchments of members of the Weyland family.
(V.C.H.: Oxfordshire, Vol.V, pp.316-7; Buildings of England: Oxfordshire,
Listing NGR: SP5348611898
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