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Church of St Leonard, Eynsham

Description: Church of St Leonard

Grade: II*
Date Listed: 12 September 1955
English Heritage Building ID: 252263

OS Grid Reference: SP4330509226
OS Grid Coordinates: 443305, 209226
Latitude/Longitude: 51.7800, -1.3737

Location: Church Street, Eynsham, Oxfordshire OX8 1HW

Locality: Eynsham
Local Authority: West Oxfordshire District Council
County: Oxfordshire
Country: England
Postcode: OX8 1HW

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There is also a scheduled monument, Eynsham Abbey (site of), at the same location as this building or very close to it. This may be related in some way or possibly a different name for the same structure.

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Listing Text

SP4309 (South side)
4/179 Church of St. Leonard

Church. Late C13 chancel and south aisle; nave, north aisle and west tower of
c.1450: restored in 1856 by William Wilkinson and 1892 by H. Drinkwater. Coursed
limestone rubble; squared stone to west tower. Gabled stone slate roofs and
Welsh slate aisle roofs. Late C19 Perpendicular-style east window. 3-bay chancel
has late C13 two-light windows and a pointed chamfered priest's doorway to
south; similar window and mid C19 vestry with lancets to north. Late C13 south
aisle, with buttresses: 2-light east window with quatrefoil in head; side wall
has, from east, late C13 two-light window with unusual cusped heads, a similar
window with cinquefoiled heads, a late C15 studded door set in a square-headed
surround with quatrefoils carved in spandrels, and a late C15 three-light window
with panel tracery. 3-bay late C15 north aisle has fleuron frieze, offset
buttresses and 3-light windows with panel tracery; crenellated 2-storey south
porch has 2-light square-headed window above 4-centred doorway with C18 panelled
double-leaf doors; pointed moulded south doorway. Late C15 four-bay clerestory
has gargoyle rainwater spouts, and label moulds over 2-light cinquefoil-headed
windows; late C15 five-light west window with panel tracery to nave. Late C15
three-stage tower with string courses and buttresses, and slit lights to
stair-turret: 3-light west window and belfry windows; gargoyles to string course
beneath crenellated parapet. Interior: chancel has mutilated late C13 statue
niche to east: trefoiled piscina to south and early C18 communion rail with
turned balusters; mid C19 arch-braced roof. Mid C19 chancel arch and king-post
nave roof supported on C15 head corbels. Late C17 bolection-panelled pulpit
(upper stage only), and C15 octagonal font with traceried panels and frieze of
angels. 3-light Perpendicular window to north chapel. 5-bay nave arcades, with
moulded capitals on oblong piers with concave mouldings: concave-moulded archway
to west tower. C15 bench at west end of nave has traceried end-panels: other
fittings are C20 and late C19. Three recesses in south wall of south aisle.
Mid/late C19 south aisle roof on C15 head corbels, and C15 north aisle roof with
moulded beams and braces. Wall painting: fragments of a C14 Life of St.
Catherine in north wall of chancel; adjoining window has stonework painted with
red-ochre bands. Monuments: chancel has wall tablet to James Preston, d.1805;
another to John Esher, and Mary Bartholomew, d.1724, 1752 and 1762, set in
architectural frame. Other C18 and C19 wall tablets include, in nave, John
Rogers, with a broken pediment and shouldered architrave; Anne Bedwell, d.1728,
with cherubs flanking portrait medallion; and John Rogers, d.1714. North aisle
has reset brasses to John Martin, d.1610, Richard Martin, d.1617, and vicar
William Emmot, d.1584. Stained glass: chancel has memorial glass of 1902 and
1930; south aisle windows of 1918 and to west, fragments of C14 and C15 glass
including St. Thomas. Other windows retain leaded cases.
(Buildings of England: Oxfordshire, pp.600-601; Bodleian Library, M.S. Top Oxen
for late C18 and C19 drawings; National Monuments Record).

Listing NGR: SP4330509226

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Source: English Heritage

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