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Church of St Leonard, Watlington

Description: Church of St Leonard

Grade: II*
Date Listed: 18 July 1963
English Heritage Building ID: 247586

OS Grid Reference: SU6848694757
OS Grid Coordinates: 468486, 194757
Latitude/Longitude: 51.6474, -1.0116

Location: Pyrton Lane, Watlington, Oxfordshire OX49 5LL

Locality: Watlington
Local Authority: South Oxfordshire District Council
County: Oxfordshire
Country: England
Postcode: OX49 5LL

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Listing Text

6/115 Church of St. Leonard


Church. C12 and C14, much rebuilt by H.J. Tollit and E. Dolby in 1877: C15 west
tower. Flint rubble with limestone ashlar quoins, dressings and bands: north
aisle of coursed and dressed limestone rubble; limestone ashlar tower. Late C19
tile roof with decorative ridge tiles. Chancel, north transept, aisled nave,
south porch and west tower. Corner buttresses with gablets flank early C14
Reticulated east window with C19 mullions. South-east aisle has 2
Decorated-style windows and one C15 window of 4 lights with central colonette.
North-east aisle has early C14 Decorated window. North transept has tall 2-light
window. Nave has north aisle with 2-light trefoil-headed windows, and south
aisle with C15 style ogee-headed windows, offset buttresses and gargoyles, and
C14 two-light west window: pointed chamfered doorway to south porch, moulded
pointed doorway to C19 double doors. C15 west tower has offset corner
buttresses, pointed moulded doorway to late C19 double doors with 3-light
Perpendicular window over; 2- and one-light windows; moulded string course and
cornice, embattled parapet; stair turret to north-east corner. Interior: reredos
with elaborate gilt tracery by C.E. Kempe. Capitals with volutes and part of a
cable-moulded shaft west end of south aisle, and south wall of chancel which
also has C13 carved head. C12 arch and diapered tympanum in vestry (removed from
north wall of nave). Two C15 arches to south chapel have shafted responds and
central pier with capitals. South chapel has brass chandelier (purchased 1778),
C18 chest and wall tablet, wall tablet to William Buckland, d.1597, and Harding
family slab in floor dated l691. Nave has brass to Jerem Ewes, d.1587, in
south-east corner, late C19 brass lectern, octagonal marble font with cover of
1897 and wood pulpit of 1874; late C19 roof. C14 four-bay arcade, with
double-chamfered arches on octagonal piers, to south aisle which has C14 tomb
recess. Stained glass: east window, south chapel windows (1887), west window
(1896), and 3 south aisle windows (1902) are by Kempe; north window of 'St. Paul
in Athens' by Atkinson of Newcastle.(Buildings of England: Oxfordshire,
pp.829-30; V.C.H.: Oxfordshire, Vol.VIII, p.241).

Listing NGR: SU6848694757

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Source: English Heritage

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