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Description: Church of St Katherine
Date Listed: 18 July 1963
English Heritage Building ID: 248370
OS Grid Reference: SU5922699229
OS Grid Coordinates: 459226, 199229
Latitude/Longitude: 51.6887, -1.1446
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SU5999 (East side)
11/129 Church of St. Katherine
Church. 1762 for Charles Peers. Rendered walls with limestone dressings; old
plain-tile roof. Rectangular plan with an eastern projection and a western
turret. Walls have chamfered quoins and a stone cornice; the gable parapets are
flanked by large stone urn with gadrooned covers and festooned sides. To south
are 4 leaded arched windows with projecting keyblocks. The shallow projection to
east has a semi-circular parapet. The entrance front has double-leaf panelled
doors, with a wooden architrave and cornice, and a square wooden clock turret
which rises above 2 small scrolls which terminate the gable. The lower stage of
the turret has rusticated quoins and a large painted clock face; the open upper
stage has keyblock arches and clasping pilasters supporting a dentil cornice and
a pointed concave roof. The eastern gable is terminated by a lead urn. Interior;
the roof has a shallow elliptical plaster vault and the south windows are
flanked by pilaster on consoles supporting a dentil cornice. The arrangement is
repeated on the north with blind windows. The east wall has a shallow
segmental-arched recess. The C18 fittings survive complete and incorporate a
fine C17 pulpit with heavily-carved arched panels. The oak panelling in the
sanctuary recess frames the Creed, Decalogue etc. and is ornamented with carved
festoons and Rococo detail below a plain segmental pediment. The turned
communion rails enclose the carved C18 altar table on 3 sides and also return
westwards to meet the high panelled box peers. A western gallery is carried on
wooden Tuscan columns. There are many C18, C19 and C20 wall monuments to members
of the Peers family who owned Chiselhampton House (q.v.). The designer may have
been Samuel Dowbiggin of London who was responsible for the house.
(V.C.H,: Oxfordshire, Vol.VII, p.5; Buildings of England: Oxfordshire,
Listing NGR: SU5922699229
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