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Description: Church of St Nicholas
Date Listed: 9 February 1966
English Heritage Building ID: 249558
OS Grid Reference: SU4234198904
OS Grid Coordinates: 442341, 198904
Latitude/Longitude: 51.6873, -1.3889
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12/60 Church of St, Nicholas
Church. c.1200: early C14 chancel, C15 north aisle, west tower rebuilt in 1809
and after fire of 1893, when church was restored: south porch by J.C. Buckler,
1867-8. Uncoursed limestone rubble with ashlar dressings; gabled C20 tile roof.
Chancel and aisled nave with south transept and west tower. Decorated chancel
has hood moulds with anthropomorphic stops over 4-light reticulated east window
and 2-light windows in 2-bay side walls: pointed chamfered south doorway. North
aisle: blocked round-headed doorway of c.1200 has keel-moulded arch and
trumpet-scalloped capitals (shafts have gone); doorway flanked by much restored
early C16 three-light window and a C15 two-light ogee-headed window: 3-light
Perpendicular windows in end walls. South wall of nave rebuilt in mid C19, with
2-light window and 3-light south transept window. Steeply pitched gabled south
porch by Buckler has painted moulded doorway flanked by tall pinnacles; similar
doorway to south door within, and closely-set buttresses with gables to left
side wall. West tower has original lower stage with C15 four-centred doorway to
double-leaf plank doors: octagonal upper stages built in 1809 and then after
1893, with trefoil-headed lancets, reset C15 cinquefoil-headed light and
pyramidal roof of 1893, Interior: late C19 benches, pulpit and lectern installed
during restoration following fire of 1893. Much restored early C14 sedilia with
late C19 shafts. Finely-carved piscina set in Decorated canopy: C15 credence
table set on octagonal shaft with trefoiled blind panels. Reredos has restored
vine-leaf cornice broken by octagonal C15 tabernacle. Monument in north wall of
chancel to Lady Klatherine Gordon, the White Rose of Scotland and widow of Perkin
Warbeck, d.1527: elaborately-carved tomb chest set within arched recess, all
much restored after 1893. Late C19 chancel roof: early C14 cornice with
ballflower ornament. South transept: 3 reset late C17 and early C18
finely-carved wall monuments, and C18 ledger stones. Incised marble wall tablet
to George Dale, the Oxford anatomist, d.1625, shows demi-figure of Dale pointing
at a skull. Nave has late C19 roof: round-headed west door of c,1200 has
keel-moulded arch over engaged columns with stiff-leaf capitals. C15 four-bay
arcade with octagonal shafts to north aisle, which has late C19 font set on C15
octagonal shaft. North chapel has wall tablet with broken segmental pediment to
Thomas White, d.1664 and C17 and C18 ledger stones, some to the White family.
C17 heraldic achievement, C15 niche and corbel; monument to Sir John Golafre,
d.1442, has reclining effigy of Sir John laid on chest tomb with brattished
cornice and heraldic shields: open arches with cusped spandrels expose gruesome
cadaver, lying on a shroud tied at the head and pulled back at sides to reveal
the corpse. Sir John willed that a chantry priest be employed in his chapel, and
be accommodated with 5 almsmen in a newly erected building, now the White Hart
Inn (q.v.). Extra information: a drawing of 1809 depicts a 3-storey tower with
Decorated windows: accounts show that it was partly demolished and rebuilt in
that year, and also after a fire damaged the church in 1893.
(Buildings of England: Berkshire, p.145; B.F.L. Clarke and H.ti.Colvin, The
Rebuilding and Repair of Berkshire Churches during the Seventeenth, Eighteenth
and Nineteenth Centuries, Berkshire Archaeological Journal, Vol.55 (1965-7),
p.77; National Monuments Record).
Listing NGR: SU4234198904
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Source: English Heritage
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