Description: Church of St Nicholas
Date Listed: 21 November 1966
English Heritage Building ID: 250832
OS Grid Reference: SU3172690705
OS Grid Coordinates: 431726, 190705
Latitude/Longitude: 51.6143, -1.5432
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5/3 Church of St. Nicholas
Church. Mid C13. Coursed limestone rubble, nave walls rendered over; limestone
ashlar dressings; stone slate roof. Chancel, long nave, small bellcote to west.
3 mid C13 pointed lancets to each window; north and south walls of chancel have
2 pointed lancets. North wall of nave has plain mid C13 doorway with moulded
impost and early C15 three-light cusped window with label mould to left; south
wall has similar mid C13 doorway and 2 late C13 two-light windows; corner and
wall buttresses including one flying buttress to south dated 1882. Limestone
coping slabs to gabled roof, rendered walls to bellcote which has pyramidal
roof. Interior: 3 east window lancets are shafted on the inside; late C19 and
early C20 stained glass windows; corner piscina to south wall. 3-bay roof; butt
purlins, arch-braced collar trusses possibly of late Cl6 date. To north of
chancel screen are blocked rood stairs. Mid C13 unusual rood screen pierced by
square openings. Nave has stone flag floor with some ledger stones near door;
Jacobean pulpit brought from Grittleton (Wiltshire) and placed on late C19
limestone base; octagonal limestone pulpit; late C19 benches and vestry screen
to west; fragments of C14 nativity scene on north wall. 2 early C18 and one late
C18 wall tablets, and also on the north wall a painted wall tablet in memory of
Robert Grove, died 1693. 6-bay roof in Jacobean style with pendants to tie beams
but dated 1708; braced collar trusses, butt purlins. A complete example of a
small mid C13 church with unusual screen and some C14 wall paintings.
(Buildings of England: Berkshire, pp.78-79).
Listing NGR: SU3172390703
Source: English Heritage
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