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Church of St Birinus, Dorchester

Description: Church of St Birinus

Grade: II*
Date Listed: 14 May 1986
English Heritage Building ID: 248060

OS Grid Reference: SU5790093936
OS Grid Coordinates: 457900, 193936
Latitude/Longitude: 51.6413, -1.1647

Location: Bridge End, Dorchester, Oxfordshire OX10 7JP

Locality: Dorchester
Local Authority: South Oxfordshire District Council
County: Oxfordshire
Country: England
Postcode: OX10 7JP

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Listing Text

(east side)

1192-0/8/31 Church of St Birinus

GV 14/5/96 II*

Roman Catholic Church. 1849 by William Wilkinson Wardell for John Davey of Overy .Coursed squared limestone rubble with ashlar dressings; stone-slate roof Nave, chancel, north vestry and south porch. Decorated style. The one-bay chancel has a 3-Iight traceried east window and cusped single lights in the side walls. The small 2-light side windows of the 3-bay nave have a variety of flowing tracery and all hoods have carved head stops. The porch, in the centre of the south side, has richly-moulded doorway below a canopied statue of the Virgin and Child. The west wall has cusped single lights flanking a large canopied standing figure of St Birinus supported by an angel corbel. The gable parapets bear apex crosses and, over the chancel arch, a tall bellcote with a traceried opening. Interior: the contemporary fittings of the chancel include a painted and gilded panelled ceiling with an elaborate cornice, plus elaborately-canopied recesses for piscina and font in the south wall. The traceried wooden chancel screen carries carved rood figures, and the cancel arch has rich foliage capitals and a surrounding painted inscription. The contemporary glass in the chancel windows is by Ward and Nixon and there is one later stained-glass window in the nave. A rich and complete interior. Wardell was a friend of Pugin and later designed the R C cathedrals of Melbourne and Sydney.

Listing NGR: SU5790093936

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Source: English Heritage

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