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Description: Church of St Lawrence
Date Listed: 25 January 1972
English Heritage Building ID: 249553
OS Grid Reference: SU4355699249
OS Grid Coordinates: 443556, 199249
Latitude/Longitude: 51.6903, -1.3713
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FYFIELD AND TUBNEY FARINGDON ROAD
SU49NW (North side)
5/55 Church of St. Lawrence
25/01/72 (Formerly listed as Church of
Church. 1844-7, by Augustus Northmore Welby Pugin for Magdalene College, Oxford. Coursed limestone rubble, ashlar dressings; gabled stone slate roof with crested ridge tiles; concrete tile roof to vestry and adjoining part of chancel roof; stone gable end stack to vestry. Chancel with north vestry, nave with west bellcote. Gothic Revival style. Decorated-style 3-light east window. Vestry has plain pointed doorway and shallow pointed moulded surrounds to 2-light windows. Two-bay chancel and 4-bay nave have one- and 2-light trefoil-headed windows. Gabled south porch to left has plain pointed chamfered doorways. Offset buttresses at all bay divisions: west bellcote supported by offset buttress at centre of west wall.
Interior: chancel has finely carved reredos, benches with carved bench
ends, communion rail and priest's chair with curved stretchers. Encaustic tile
floor: trussed rafter roof with embattled wall plate has fine stencilled
painting, probably by Pugin. Nave has pulpit, lectern and some benches with
carved ends by Pugin. Octagonal font, with carved panels and bowl supports,
given by Queen Adelaide. 3 fine chandeliers, and 3 candelabra on each wall. The
plans by Pugin (dated 1844) and much correspondence relating to the church's
building survive at Magdelene College, Oxford. The church cost £596 to build:
Pugin wrote, "I first drew it out with a Tower, but it then cost 645, so I have
altered it into a Belfry". This church was Pugin's only Anglican commission.
(For watercolours, drawing and plan signed by Pugin 1844 see Magdalene College
MS 743; Buildings of England: Berkshire, pp.242-3; V.C.H.: Berkshire, Vol.IV,
p.300; P. Stanton, Pugin, 1971, pp.132 and 205).
Listing NGR: SU4355699249
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Source: English Heritage
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