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Church of St Mary, Ashbury

Description: Church of St Mary

Grade: I
Date Listed: 21 November 1966
English Heritage Building ID: 250637

OS Grid Reference: SU2653284919
OS Grid Coordinates: 426532, 184919
Latitude/Longitude: 51.5625, -1.6186

Location: B4000, Ashbury, Oxfordshire SN6 8LZ

Locality: Ashbury
Local Authority: Vale of White Horse District Council
County: Oxfordshire
Country: England
Postcode: SN6 8LZ

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Listing Text

8/9 Church of St. Mary.


Church. Late C12 features, mainly late C13 with early C15 porch. Squared and
coursed chalk on sarsen base with limestone quoins and dressings; roughcast
walls to tower; stone slate roof. Cruciform plan with side aisles to nave and a
west tower. Decorated and Perpendicular styles. 5-light late C13 east window of
intersecting tracery. 2-light late C13 windows to south chancel, one 2-light
late C13 window and late C19 pointed arch to planked door in north chancel
wall. North transept has two 2-light early C15 windows and one 2-light late C13
window; circular flue to stack projecting from south wall. North wall of nave
has one 2-light late C13 window and early C15 two-storey porch which has 4-
centered arch with moulded architrave to porch and main entry with planked
door. Simple lancets to side walls. South wall of nave has two 2-light and two
3-light late C13 windows, and one round-headed lancet: late C12 door has semi-
circular arch with nail head and dog tooth ornament, capitals have acanthus
leaves carved in low relief. Gabled roofs. Late C13 west tower with corner
buttresses and 2-light louvred windows and one late C19 Perpendicular style
west window: crenellated parapet. Interior: chancel has late C19 reredos, plain
trefoiled piscina of c.1300, late C19 carved seats, and also 3 brasses (John de
Walden c.1350: Thomas de Bushbury, c.1409: William Skelton c.1448): 3-bay C17
roof, king post with lateral braces to ridge beam, floral bosses at beam
intersections. South transept has Lady Chapel, dedicated in c.1926 to Evelyn,
Countess of Craven, with screen, fine reredos and stained glass window
depicting pastoral scene from Durer: two-bay C17 roof, collar and arched struts
with king-post. North transept has C15 planked and studded chest, large
cinquefoiled tomb-recess in wall and trefoiled aumbry; late C19 stained glass:
3-bay roof same as chancel roof. Nave has late C19 limestone pulpit, a memorial
to the Rev. W. Matthew who died preaching here in c.1870; 5-bay roof same as
chancel roof and benches installed c.1884. North aisle has aumbry next to door;
late C15 fireplace and font; late C19 stained glass and C15 stained glass
removed here from Ashdown House c.1920; C15 lean-to roof with moulded beams and
late C19 carved corbels. South aisle has same roof but with original corbels.
Vestry in tower has late C19 screen and wall tablets also 5 lead plaques
commemorating C18 church wardens. At the top of the south aisle is a late C12
engaged half-column with scalloped capitals and a moulded impost with the
springing for an arch: identical engaged column in north aisle. Porch has
Perpendicular responds and capitals to tierceron star vault with carved central
boss. (Buildings of England, Berkshire, pp 70-71.)

Listing NGR: SU2653284916

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Source: English Heritage

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