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Church of St Matthew, Harwell

Description: Church of St Matthew

Grade: II
Date Listed: 24 November 1966
English Heritage Building ID: 249958

OS Grid Reference: SU4928289014
OS Grid Coordinates: 449282, 189014
Latitude/Longitude: 51.5978, -1.2899

Location: Church Lane, Harwell, Oxfordshire OX11 0HA

Locality: Harwell
Local Authority: Vale of White Horse District Council
County: Oxfordshire
Country: England
Postcode: OX11 0HA

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Listing Text

SU4989 (North side)
9/96 Church of Saint Matthew
Church. Early C13, nave transepts, tower and aisles; late C13 chancel, aisles
raised and south porch Pebbledash on clunch rubble, with stone dressings; old
plain-tile roofs to nave and transepts; lead roofs to aisles; stone slate roof
to chancel roof of tower not visible. 3-bay chancel 2-bay north and south
transepts 4-bay aisled nave and west tower plan. Late C13 south porch to left
of centre of south aisle. Cl9 plank double outer doors to 2-centred archway. C19
plank inner door to 2-centred inner doorway. Y-tracery window to left of south
aisle. 2-light geometrical tracery windows to centre and right of south aisle, 2
lancets to south end of south transept and to east side. 2-light geometrical
tracery window to left of chancel; 2-light reticulated tracery windows to centre
and right of chancel, 5-light rectilinear tracery window to east end of chancel.
North side; two 3-light intersecting tracery windows to north aisle. 2 lancets
to north end of north transept. 3-light stone mullion window with cusped lights
to east side of north transept. 2-light geometrical tracery window to right of
chancel. 2-light reticulated tracery windows to centre and left of chancel.
2-centre arched doorway with plank door to left of centre of chancel. Tower:
blocked doorway to west face of first stage of tower, with 2-light plate tracery
window above. Louvred lancet to each face of second stage of tower. 2-light
plate tracery louvred opening to each face of third stage of tower. Battlemented
parapet on corbels. Interior: chancel; 3-bay crown-post roof, the crown posts
being octagonal and having moulded bases and capitals; 2-chamber piscina with
cusped heads on columns and ogee-headed sedilia to right; early C18 wood altar
rail of barley-sugar twist balusters with moulded hand rail; C19 choirstalls and
panelling; 2-centred chancel arch with carved imposts: C13 chancel screen with
C15 alterations and Perpendicular wood tracery. North transept: 2-bay C16
collar-truss roof with wind-braces. South transept, now vestry: 2-bay crown-post
roof. Nave: 4-bay crown-post roof; C19 wood octagonal pulpit to left of chancel
arch. North and south arcades of four 2-centred arches, those to aisles on
columns. 2-centred arch to tower. Chandelier to nave of 1766. Romanesque stone
font to south aisle with C17 wood cover. Lean-to roofs to aisles. Extension to
north of c.1976 is not of special architectural interest.
(Buildings of England; Berkshire: 1975, p152-3; St. Matthews, Harwell, by J.
Fletcher and P. Spokes, 1980)

Listing NGR: SU4928289014

This text is a legacy record and has not been updated since the building was originally listed. Details of the building may have changed in the intervening time. You should not rely on this listing as an accurate description of the building.

Source: English Heritage

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