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Description: Church of St Helen
Date Listed: 18 July 1963
English Heritage Building ID: 248032
OS Grid Reference: SU6237694277
OS Grid Coordinates: 462376, 194277
Latitude/Longitude: 51.6438, -1.0999
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7/3 Church of St. Helen
Church. C11, C13, C14, remodelled C17, restored 1890 by A.M. Mowbray. Rendered
rubble with limestone and brick dressings, some timber framing and tile hanging;
old plain-tile roofs. Nave, chancel, south transept, west tower, and south
porch. C14 chancel has 3-light east window, with intersecting tracery, and
single-light ogee-headed side windows. C13 transept has lancet to east, and a
3-light south window with C17 chamfered-brick arched heads. South wall of nave
has a C17 timber-framed porch (restored C19) sheltering a simple
early-Romanesque doorway; to right is a tiny C11 window and, to left, a C17
window of 2 lights with chamfered-brick dressings. Above is a C19 dormer with
gable on carved brackets. North wall of nave is largely obscured by a large
vestry of 1890, but has a 3-light brick-mullioned window, with brick label, plus
a 3-light dormer. Timber-framed tower is clad in C19 ornamental tile hanging and
shingles, with arched framing at ground floor plus arched wooden belfry openings
below a pyramid roof. Interior: chancel has a C14 ogee-headed piscina, with
shelf, and a 7-canted roof with C19 panelling. Nave has a 4-bay roof, dated
1615, with upper and lower windbraces, 2 rows of ogee-moulded butt purlins, and
elaborate double-collar trusses with queen struts, from which spring arched
braces to a central pendant, plus curved upper struts. End trusses have tiebeans
carrying rectangular framing with elaborate curved bracing. 2 intermediate
trusses have inserted C19 tie beams with added queen struts and bracing. 2-bay
transept roof has arched windbraces and an arch-braced collar truss, with added
C19 tie beam, and is probably C15. Fittings include western gallery, with heavy
turned balusters, dated 1676, and C17 oak panelled pews. Romanesque font has
pattern of linked circles. Small area of medieval floor tiles. Interior of tower
not inspected but probably C14/C15 framing.
(Buildings of England: Oxfordshire, p.452).
Listing NGR: SU6237694277
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Source: English Heritage
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