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Description: Church of St Giles
Date Listed: 18 July 1963
English Heritage Building ID: 246920
OS Grid Reference: SP5714104879
OS Grid Coordinates: 457141, 204879
Latitude/Longitude: 51.7397, -1.1738
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HORSPATH CHURCH ROAD
SP50SE (West side)
4/153 Church of St. Giles
Church. Late C12, C13, C15 and C19, restored 1852 by H.J. Underwood. Limestone
rubble with ashlar dressings; tower and chancel; ashlar; imitation stone slate
and sheet metal roofs. 4-bay nave with chancel, south transept, south aisle and
porch, west tower and vestry and organ chamber opposite transept. Chancel was
rebuilt in 1840 with 2 square-headed windows each side (some said to be re-used)
and a 3-light east window with Perpendicular-style tracery. C13 south transept
has a 2-light south window with plate tracery and a trefoil headed light to
east. Parapetted nave has projecting buttresses and a central porch sheltering a
door of c.1200. The porch has oak dog gates. C19 window to left. C15 crenellated
tower has a 4-centre arched west doorway with recessed spandrels and label with
lozenge stops. Above is a 3-light traceried window and to south a stair turret.
Small arched belfry openings in rectangular surrounds. North wall of nave and
vestry of 1852 in Geometrical Decorated style. Interior: Transitional nave
arcade with masonry piers and minimal moulded imposts; the western arch rebuilt
as a half arch. The Perpendicular tower arch is finely moulded and has large
amusing figures terminating the hood mould. All roofs C19. Furnishings C19
except for fine Jacobean hexagonal pulpit with inlaid pictorial panels with
perspective arches. Medieval stained glass includes 2 figures of c.1280, and
many C15 and C16 figures and fragments. Painted window north of nave of 1740
said to be by Price of York. Monuments include a brass, an oval monument of
c.1690 with a frame of fruit and flowers, and a late baroque monument to James
Salisbury (died 1770) with scrolls and cherubs.
(V.C.H.: Oxfordshire, Vol.V; Buildings of England: Oxfordshire, pp.655-6).
Listing NGR: SP5714104879
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Source: English Heritage
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