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Church of St Mary, Lyford

Description: Church of St Mary

Grade: II*
Date Listed: 9 February 1966
English Heritage Building ID: 249631

OS Grid Reference: SU3901194230
OS Grid Coordinates: 439011, 194230
Latitude/Longitude: 51.6455, -1.4376

Location: The Green, Lyford, Oxfordshire OX12 0EG

Locality: Lyford
Local Authority: Vale of White Horse District Council
County: Oxfordshire
Country: England
Postcode: OX12 0EG

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Listing Text

SU39SE (South side)
7/133 Church of St. Mary


Church. Early C13: early C16 clerestory: restored 1875 by Ewan Christian.
Uncoursed limestone rubble: gabled nave roof of sheet lead, and chancel roof of
old and C20 tiles. Nave and chancel. East lancet window of 1875: 2-bay chancel
side walls have C13 pointed lancets, and C16 light to south and C13
trefoil-headed light to north. 2-bay south wall of nave has central C13 pointed
chamfered blocked doorway flanked by C13 pointed lancets: two early C16 two- and
3-light round-arched clerestory windows. North wall: C13 lancet to east, C13
finial pointed chamfered doorway to C19 door; mid C19 timber porch has reset C15
oak archway to front; similar clerestory windows. Circled cross east on west
gable: geometrical west window of 1875: west belfry has mid C19 weatherboarding
and pyramidal Welsh slate roof. Interior: chancel has C13 piscina with
foliate-carved credence shelf, C13 aumbry and mid C19 tile floor and benches.
Chancel arch of 1875. Jacobean pulpit has stylised tulips set within blind
arches. C15 octagonal font on shelf. Seven C17/C18 benches to north, similar C19
benches to south. 4-bay tie-beam roof with arch-braced posts supported on
corbels. Heavy C15 oak posts strengthened by ogee scissor braces rise to support
the belfry which is probably early C16 (dating from insertion of clerestory).
Early C16 four-bay Perpendicular screens, originally rood screen moved to flank
belfry posts at west end.
(V.M. Howse, Lyford: A Parish Record, pp.12-17; Buildings of England: Berkshire,

Listing NGR: SU3901194230

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Source: English Heritage

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