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Description: The Church of St Mary
Date Listed: 21 November 1966
English Heritage Building ID: 251457
OS Grid Reference: SU2265998142
OS Grid Coordinates: 422659, 198142
Latitude/Longitude: 51.6816, -1.6737
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The Church of St Mary
Parish church. Originally a C13 plan with C15 additions, C18 alterations,
restored in 1854. Roughcast and rubble stone with stone dressings, stone
tiled roofs with dressed stone copings. 3-bay nave, 2-bay chancel, west
tower, S porch, N vestry. Perp. tower of 2 storeys with diagonal
buttresses, moulded embattled parapet with weathercock and flat-headed 2-
light cusped bell openings with dripstones. W tower door with four-centred
arch, carved labels and above, a 3-light traceried window with pointed head.
Sundial on S face. 2 recut Perp. traceried pointed windows to S wall of
nave, one 2-light plain window in N wall. Small 2-light Perp. window above
renewed round-arched porch entrance. Plain Tudor arch with dripstone to S
doorway. Plain round and pointed heads to chancel windows. Aisleless
interior with high Perp. arch to tower. Chancel arch of 3 orders, outer
zig-zag, possibly reset, with 2 Transitional columns and capitals with stiff
leaf decoration. Plaster barrel vaults throughout, but a tie beam and crown
post visible in chancel. 2 late C15 brasses of husband and wife on S wall
of chancel. 2 fine Loveden monuments on chancel N wall. Margaret, 1st wife
of Edward Loveden Loveden of Buscot Park, died 1784. Two putti by a grey
obelisk. At the foot a relief of Charity. She is giving money to a poor
man and bread to a girl. Elizabeth, the 2nd wife, died 1788. In front of
an obelisk, reclining on a couch. A baldacchino above her on the right. An
angel appearing from the left and holding her hand. Both signed by Robert
Cooke, the former dated 1786. Other wall monuments include one to the Rev
Robert Reading, died 1791, also by Cooke, Susanna Place, died 1686, and
Edward Loveden, died 1713. Exceptional set of stained glass by Morris &
Co., all designed by Edward Burne-Jones: 1892 chancel E window, The Good
Shepherd; 1897 chancel S wall, Angels of Paradise; 1921 nave N wall, Valour
and Fortitude; 1921 nave S wall, Centurion and Christ as Love; 1922 tower W
window, Hope, Charity and Faith; 1924 nave S wall, Archangel Gabriel and
Mary Virgin. Early C16 English Renaissance polygonal pulpit with reset
panels of an early C16 Flemish triptych given by Sir Alexander Henderson in
1908. A. C. Sewter, The Stained Glass of William Morris and his Circle,
1975, 2, 40.
Listing NGR: SU2265598140
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Source: English Heritage
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