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Church of St Martin, Sandford St Martin

Description: Church of St Martin

Grade: II*
Date Listed: 27 August 1956
English Heritage Building ID: 251972

OS Grid Reference: SP4202826691
OS Grid Coordinates: 442028, 226691
Latitude/Longitude: 51.9371, -1.3901

Location: Ledwell Road, Sandford St Martin, Oxfordshire OX7 7AJ

Locality: Sandford St Martin
Local Authority: West Oxfordshire District Council
County: Oxfordshire
Country: England
Postcode: OX7 7AJ

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Listing Text

(East side)
Church of St. Martin
Church. C13, late C14 and C15, restored 1856 by G.E. Street. Limestone and
marlstone rubble with limestone-ashlar dressings; Stonesfieid-slate and
steet-metal roofs. Aisled 3-bay nave, chancel, south porch and west tower. The
stone-slated chancel was rebuilt by Street incorporating the early Perpendicular
3-light east window; it also has 2 lancets to north and south and a blocked
round-headed priest's door. The wide parapetted south aisle in banded rubble has
an early Perpendicular 3-light east window with reticulation, full-height
mullions, and transoms; there is a similar 2-light window with trefoil-headed
lights and a 2-light window with reticulated tracery which are both earlier.
The stone-slated porch has an outer arch of 3 continuous chamfered orders. The
narrow parapetted north aisle is probably C13 but has 3 square-headed late C14
windows of 2 ogee lights, and has a renewed lancet to east. The clerestory has
fine C15 square-headed windows in deep casement mouldings with richly-cusped
tracery. The C15 crenellated 3-stage tower, with diagonal buttresses and a deep
moulded plinth, incorporates a large early-Decorated 3-light window, with cusped
intersecting tracery, above the west doorway which has a label over a casement
moulding and has traceried spandrels; the top stage has 2-light traceried
openings and there are gargoyles on the parapet string. Interior: the chancel
arch is of 2 chamfered orders in banded ashlar, and the arms of Elizabeth I are
painted above its east face. The C13 south arcade has circular piers and moulded
capitals; the north arcade has crude octagonal piers. The clerestory windows
have 4-centred rere arches. The south aisle has a small C14 piscina with a large
foliage finial. The interior of the south porch has a ribbed quadripartite vault
and conceals the richly-moulded C14 south doorway. The roofs of the nave and
aisle are in C15 style with arched braces rising from wallposts, but are
probably wholely C19. In the tower arch is a vigourous C19 screen with canopied
and crocketted arches and much carved decoration. A large C15/C16 parish chest
stands below the tower. The C12 font with crude chevron carving has been partly
recut to fit an octagonal stem. In the chancel are wall monuments to Thomas
Gylen (died 1637), with detached Ionic columns and an entablature carrying
cherubs and an hourglass, and to William Croker (died 1709), with large Doric
columns, a heavy segmental pediment and an achievement of arms. In the nave are
wall monuments to John Lock (died 1714), with a Baroque surround of scrolls and
foliage, and to Vice Admiral James Sayer (died 1776) in marble with elegant
Classical detailing. There are also 5 hatchments. The stained glass includes two
C14 fragments in the south aisle, a mid C19 east window, and a fine lancet of
1973 by John Piper. A dedication of 1273 is recorded.
(V.C.H.: Oxfordshire, Vol.XI, p,180; Buildings of England: Oxfordshire,

Listing NGR: SP4202826691

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Source: English Heritage

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